Vizio reveals $99.99 Google TV/OnLive set-top box

Earlier this month, TV maker Vizio started selling a number of all-in-one PCs as well as some notebooks. Today, Vizio announced it was getting into the TV Internet set-top box business as well with a new product called the Vizio Co-Star that has a price point of just $99, similar to the Roku and Apple TV devices.

The Co-Star has support for the Google TV operating system. However, it is also the first third party set-top box to add support for the OnLive streaming PC game service. Other applications included with the Co-Star are Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube and iHeartRadio.

The Co-Star has a built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi antenna, along with a USB port that can allow people to connect it to a keyboard, a hard drive or other devices. It also supports DLNA-based devices so that people can share video, photos and more on a DLNA supported smartphone, tablet or PC.

Pre-orders for the Vizio Co-Star will begin in July and the company is even throwing in free shipping. Sony announced their own Google TV set-top box earlier this week but it is priced at $199.99 and doesn't come with the OnLive service.

Source: Vizio website | Image via Vizio

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The last two Vizio boxes I had, were complete garbage. (http://www.amazon.com/gp/produ.../ref=oh_details_o05_s00_i00)
(Bought it for the Internet Apps)

The first one I got, the WiFi hardly worked and had issues turning on. The second one, had that same issue, along with constant freezing, and random shutdowns. So I just returned it.

They did not leave a good impression on me at all. I would be weary to try another Vizio product. My brother has a 42'' Vizio 3DTV, which seems to work well. But I am still cautious with them now.

Edited by Perfect72, Jun 26 2012, 6:56pm :

This may take the wind out of Sony's Google TV announcement at twice the price...
Still love my Logitec Revue (w/ full keyboard controller) however they stopped making them.

Jason Stillion said,
This may take the wind out of Sony's Google TV announcement at twice the price...
Still love my Logitec Revue (w/ full keyboard controller) however they stopped making them.

This has a full QWERTY keyboard.

Jason Stillion said,
This may take the wind out of Sony's Google TV announcement at twice the price...
Still love my Logitec Revue (w/ full keyboard controller) however they stopped making them.

Exactly, not that I like Google TV or think it's worth it, but $99 vs $200 for the Sony? I don't think people will think twice about it really.

these remote controls coming out for Google TV are a joke, they scare away more customers than attract, this is one thing they really need to look at Apple for

Simon- said,
these remote controls coming out for Google TV are a joke, they scare away more customers than attract, this is one thing they really need to look at Apple for

disagree. I love my apple TV but HATE the remote, theres a difference between keeping things simple and cutting costs. The apple tv remote is too basic and I find myself just tapping the menu button just so I can start over.

That is true, I have used the Apple TV remote and it is annoying. What I am expecting is something that looks simple but is functional. I'm sure they could have the most basic functions on top and fullsize underneath. Instead the buttons are full of redundancies.
It would be nice if there was a way to dynamically change the labels on a physical set of buttons without the cost of having a screen

jerzdawg said,

disagree. I love my apple TV but HATE the remote, theres a difference between keeping things simple and cutting costs. The apple tv remote is too basic and I find myself just tapping the menu button just so I can start over.

What's wrong with the Apple TV remote? It works perfectly with the Apple TV, I can't imagine what you could do with more buttons.