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I am very disappointed in this product. I can sum it up in a couple of sentences. OK, here it goes. This is not Google TV. It is Logitech TV with an Android browser. That's it! I am big fan of Google and have enjoyed using their products and services so much, It never occurred to me to read the reviews or talk to someone who has it. Simply, there is nothing Google about the Logitech Revue. There no Google markings on it anywhere. There's no Gmail, Google Docs or Google Plus Apps. In fact, there's no Google Apps to speak of. If you want to video chat with the TV Cam you have to create an account with Logitech's proprietary software and add contacts. This means your contacts have to create an account too. It wouldn't surprise me if they actually have to have the Revue as well. How is this Google TV? The TV Cam has poor resolution and the system is slow to respond. The only thing it's good for is surfing the web and Netflix. If you want a true Google TV, I recommend getting a laptop a wireless key board, HDMI and a VGA cable then connecting it to you TV.
Can a non-us resident use the revue or any of the other internet-tv products. in other words are those contents restricted to US. in the past I used to get a lot of messages from provider x, "the content of ... can not be displayed at your location/region blah blah blah" since then I have not tried these services any more. Leo
I have a Revue, and while it is a really cool device, Logitech and Google brought a product to market before it was ready. Netflix works great, nad the video quality is fantastic, however, Hulu isn't available, and browsing to NBC, CBS, ABC, etc network sites you are unable to view show video streams because they are specifically blocking non-PC based viewing of the content. I also have a netgear digital entertainer EVA-9150 on my main TV and have all of my music, Pictures, and Movies ripped to a Netgear ReadyNAS NV+. In all I have about 4TB of content on this device. The Netgear device plays it all perfectly. However, even with the built in DLNA server in the NAS box, the Revue can only see the folders on the NAS box, not the files/content, even tought many of the movies I have are .MKV files which logitech has specifically stated that the Revue can read. Logitech and Google need to release an update that allows the Revue to address SMB shares before I move this device to my primary TV.
why not just get an xtreamer? i'm not sure how it copes with netflix or the other network sites but it is cheap (partially) open source and pretty stable. i'm not a distributor just really think the product is great.
An expensive device used to watch youtube videos? this should cost in the region of $60 to $70 in order to make sense.
A new Iomega TV with Boxee was just reviewed here. http://content.techrepublic.com.com/2346-13629_11-494362.html?tag=nl.e101