Logitech shuts down Google TV-based Revue box

Google may have high hopes for the future of its Google TV software but it looks like it has now lost one of its two launch hardware partners. The Verge reports that new Logitech CEO Guerrino De Luca told attendees at the company's annual Analyst and Investor Day on Thursday that the Google TV-based Logitech Revue TV set-top box was "a mistake of implementation of a gigantic nature." He added that Logitech will allow its current unit inventory for the Revue to run down and there are no plans to release a new version of the set-top box.

Logitech released the Revue in late 2010 as one of Google TV's two hardware partners (Sony was the other one, installing the Google TV software inside a line of its Bravia televisions). Logitech priced the Revue at a whopping $299 with almost no takers. In July, the company slashed the price of the product down to a mere $99. Logitech's previous CEO Gerald P. Quindlen also resigned that same day, to be replaced by De Luca.

This week, De Luca pretty much slammed Google TV up one side and down the other, telling the analysts that the company now considers Google TV to be "beta" software when it was first released. Logitech took some of the blame as well with De Luca saying, " ... we expected everybody to line up for Christmas and buy these boxes." To quote Rick Perry, "Opps."

Google has since released version 2.0 of Google TV, with a revamp of the software's user interface, new support for downloadable apps and more. It has been automatically updated on all the Sony Bravia Google TV products. Logitech Revue owners, all two of them, are expected to get that same software update in the near future.

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"Logitech Revue owners, all two of them," Classy John, really classy. I bought a Revue when they dropped down to $99. Logitech actually moved a lot of units at that price point. It's been great for Netflix and casual web browsing on the TV in the spare room.

Yea I don't like that comment either, or the title of the story, it makes it sound like they are shutting down the devices and can no longer be used.

xendrome said,
Yea I don't like that comment either, or the title of the story, it makes it sound like they are shutting down the devices and can no longer be used.

Like I said before, if the authors of posts are allowed to troll, expect more trolling in the comments section in the future. Just saying

UndergroundWire said,

Like I said before, if the authors of posts are allowed to troll, expect more trolling in the comments section in the future. Just saying

You troll regardless of what's said in the article.

episode said,
The word is spelled 'oops'. Not 'opps.'

I have been reading here for quite some time, this guy has some of the worst typos and grammar I have ever seen. I myself am not perfect, but with John Callaham's years of experience you would think he would use a spell checker or possibly proof read his articles before submitting them. In all my education (BA in computer science), every English professor I had drummed that into our head (proof read, spell check). Even using the web to write articles, every browser I have ever used in the last 6 years or more has had a built in spell check.

microjunk said,

wall of text

Why can't people just use the "Report problem with article" link?
Stating the bloody obvious in comments about spelling or grammar mistakes doesn't contribute anything to articles or discussions.

microjunk said,

I have been reading here for quite some time, this guy has some of the worst typos and grammar I have ever seen. I myself am not perfect, but with John Callaham's years of experience you would think he would use a spell checker or possibly proof read his articles before submitting them. In all my education (BA in computer science), every English professor I had drummed that into our head (proof read, spell check). Even using the web to write articles, every browser I have ever used in the last 6 years or more has had a built in spell check.

Don't forget failure to credit original posters on the forums when posting their topics on the front page. Happened to me twice a week or two ago.