Logitech to Stop Production of Logitech Revue with Google TV
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I turned on my Logitech Revue with Google TV waiting for the Android update that has yet to come. Then I see the news online that Logitech is stopping production and selling off its inventory of Logitech Revues. According to The Verge, in an investor and analyst event yesterday, the new Logitech Chief Executive Guerrino De Luca called the 2010 launch of Google TV “a mistake of implementation of a gigantic nature.” He stated that their foray into Google TV was part of a $100 million loss in operating profits.
It’s not particularly surprising that Logitech has pulled out of the Google TV business. Anyone who owns a Logitech Revue is certainly disappointed that Google never made deals with the TV networks so that there was no way to watch TV shows for free on the web. Hulu doesn’t work on Google TV. The network websites block content on the Google TV’s Chrome browser.
Even with the update to Google TV (which has come through on the Sony Google TV but has not reached my Logitech Revue yet), there are few free TV shows available. On the TV and Movie app, you might find a few old Sony-owned 60’s and 70’s sitcoms but nothing current. Yes, the new Google TV can find TV shows to watch, but they are only free in that you already receive them from your cable or satellite TV service.
What about those of us who own a Logitech Revue with Google TV? According to Logitech’s Official Blog , owners will receive the Android update before the end of the year. But beyond that, will there be future updates? We’ll try to get comments from our Logitech contacts and will keep you posted.