Revue Not Bringing Home the Expected Bacon, Logitech Still Enthusiastic about Google TV


Aside from some clever commercials starring Kevin Bacon, that is. The Logitech Revue missed earning expectations last quarter, falling short of the projected $18 million after earning $22 million in its first quarter of availability. The drop-off was quite significant, bringing in a mere $5 million for the company.

It’s no secret that the Google TV platform has some things to figure out, but we have been and still are big supporters of the concept, taking both the good and bad into account. Likewise, Logitech doesn’t plan to give up on the platform any time soon. Their CEO Gerald P. Quindlen stated during the quarterly earning report that the company remains “enthusiastic about Google TV.”

For others to agree, Google needs to step its game up and deliver highly anticipated features such as the Android Market. The ability to download and install Android apps onto your Google TV box has been promised in a  future update for some time now, though when that update might surface remains a mystery.

[via CrunchGear]

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  1. If Google isn’t going to keep pushing this forward they need to at least open up the SDK so others can. So far I’ve paid good money for unfulfilled promises.

  2. Bring it to canada! all of our providers would totally coddle a US company, Rogers and Bell would both fight over it. could hear them now “Yes google sir”.While we’re stuck in our houses hiding from polar bears and SARS we could be using it and creating a larger market base which should push development

  3. I don’t get what is so hard about releasing Android Market for it? Sometimes it seems that snails are writing code.

    And can you make that keyboard any bigger? Some remote. That could be part of the problem right there…

  4. I went out and looked at Google tv’s this past week but decided to hold off for now. The waters just look a little too murky for my taste at the moment.

  5. I remain hopeful for GTV in the future. It’s a great concept that needs some smoothing out and more people to buy in. This is the future of TV. Do not hold off, buy in now and show your support. The software updates will come.

  6. Unless they add market support, this platform is useless and doomed to fail. Sorry but nobody wants to pay $300+ for what they can get in a $80 Roku excluding the browser.

  7. My Revue got a software update this morning, but it doesn’t seem to have been anything more than “bug fixes”.

  8. This thing is going to COMPLETELY fail. Unless they can bring the Android Market and FAST.
    Price point is ridiculous too (I own one). Shouldn’t be anymore than $150. Straight up.

  9. If anyone cares, I’ve been thinking a lot about how GTV could live up to it’s promise (aside from cleaning up the semi-wonky interface), and it seems to me that the simplest way to make GTV really compelling and differentiated from the other media streamers out there would be to automate a lot of the content aggregation that GTV was supposed to facilitate. What I mean by that is that GTV should turn the content you’ve expressed an interest in into sort of an ad hoc, personalized network. I could select a few shows of all different types from all different sources – let’s say Firefly, TWiT and Game of Thrones, each of which I have access to through different paid services. Right now on my GTV I can go to netflix and watch Firefly, use Queue to subscribe to video podcasts like TWiT, or HBO Go for Game of Thrones, but GTV could monitor this, as well as my friends’ twitter streams/facebook/etc to see what other people are watching to build a proper queue – again, sort of a personalized network, where the user simply presses a button to begin and then gets a stream of video that’s been recommended, either by a Google algorithm, my express preferences, or the preferences of my friends. Choosing content is great, but outside of adding a browser to GTV (and this hasn’t proven useful when networks shut off access), GTV doesn’t offer a whole lot to differentiate itself from Apple TV, Boxee, Roku, etc. Really, truly, aggregating both live tv (why not get an alert when something you like is actually airing on TV?) and the whole of web video into a passive, personalized network really begins to realize some of the potential that GTV seems to have had, but has since lost. I don’t have any reason to believe that’s what we’ll get, but that’s my dream scenario.

  10. Android Market & More video format support w/ Logitech media player…Anything that Google makes you have to get behind,. They will be our government one day so you might as well start givin in now.

  11. get it to <= $200, make it so that I can put standard free over the air channels through it, DVR capable for free tv, pull my computer pictures and music into it and I will buy two! I have come so close to buying, but am not compelled enough yet by what is offered….and I don't have any sort of cable TV, so I am not sure what this would do for me.

  12. Logitech?…..enthusiastic? …my foot!. Updates have been few and fair between, and when they do release an update all it does it remove features by intergrating bugs

  13. i like mine. using it in conjunction wit dish network is great. using it in conjunction with my harmony1 is great.

    only thing missing is content providers.

  14. I like Google TV, I’ve tried it and it’s really cool. But for me, the killing blow is not being able to play my own content. My Roku does what I need.

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