Nexus Player will soon be available outside of Google Play



If, for whatever reason, you have something against Google Play and didn’t fancy buying a Nexus Player there you’ll be happy to know that it’s headed to more retail destinations. A couple of reports of users being able to buy the device from Walmart stores as early as yesterday have come out, and Newegg is now listing the device on their website for a January 25th release date (that’s just two days from now). One user on Google+ even snapped a quick pic of it on display:

nexus player walmart

Talk about rollback prices. That clearance sale is a huuuuge deal taking a whopping $.02 off of its retail price.

The Nexus Player is the first Android TV set-top box to launch, giving us an inexpensive vehicle for using Google’s new vision for smart TVs. If you don’t anticipate getting a forthcoming Android TV by Sony or Sharp and want something that can work with any HDTV you have, it’s not a bad buy.

It doesn’t have HDMI pass-through (as noted in our Nexus Player review and our love and hate relationship feature on the thing), but if that’s not an issue for you then be sure to order one if you need something to spruce up your home entertainment center. We’ll be on the lookout to see if it’ll find its way to more popular stores in the days to come.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. I’ve had so many problems with mine that I really can’t recommend it to anyone. Stick to chromecast.

    1. I’ve read good reviews on it….but I’ve read quite a bit of bad things about it. Issues consistent with different people. I’m really just going to go snag up the Roku 3….I dont hear anything bad about them.

      1. hbo go in particular wigs the thing right the hell out. Skips stutters and eventually freezes on playback. I exchanged my unit and the new one has the same problem. I also get a weird bug where youtube and other streaming video plays one frame and stops and it does that until i restart the unit. Never had any issues with my chromecast. I hope it gets improved but I’m seriously considering going back to a chromecast.

    2. I could not agree more. I’ve bought Chromecasts for friends and family, but I’m not sure I’d even recommend a Nexus Player to my enemies.

  2. Is Newegg any good? The started to deliver in the Netherlands since last year but never bought something from them?

    1. They were the largest online PC parts retailers in the US for a while. They have expanded but other than Amazon that’s the only place I look for PC parts.

    2. I’ve bought a few things from them and never had a problem.

  3. no ethernet = no buy.
    I’ll be picking up the Razor Forge TV. It’s crazy that with those specs it’s still $99

    1. I’ve never heard of the Razer Forge. I’ll have to check it out.

  4. I’ve had mine since launch and have 0 issues. I use it every day and could not be happier with it! I play GTA on there all of the time and it works really well.

    The intel atom 1.8ghz processor and 1ghz GPU are quite powerful for the basic things that are done on it. a SD805 would be a little better, but at the same time it might not be.

    1. does it have HBO Go on it?

      1. using hbo go with this is about as fun as eating spaghetti with a spoon. it’s doable but so so frustrating.

        1. haha wish I could like this more than once

  5. owner of Rooted XBMC’d FireTV.

    Nah, i’m good :)

    1. You mean the Amazon Fire TV? Care to elaborate on that setup?

      1. I rooted it. Blocked OTA update, as the newest version is UNROOTABLE and installed an modified FireTV friendly version of android XBMC on it. Also I sideloaded some unofficial video streaming addons that you’ll figure out if you do your research.

        If you want more info go to XDA Developers :P

        1. Thank you. I’m curious about the potential of XBMC and what you can do with it on a rooted Android device (of anything).

  6. I’m a dedicated Google fan, and I bought the Nexus Player the moment it showed up in the Play store. I also own a few Chromecasts, a Roku 3, and a FireTV Stick in addition to having previously owned Tivos, Google TV boxes, and some home built MythTV boxes. The Nexus Player is by far the most frustrating device that I own, and I’m probably dumping it soon.

    For example: Suddenly, and for no reason, the Netflix app will lose its login info. Oh, and to add insult to injury the remote app with a much easier to use keyboard than trying to use the bundled Player remote does not work with the Netflix app. (Don’t tell me this is Netflix’s fault – I don’t care – it’s frustrating.) Casting to the Player is inconsistent. If it has the same app installed (back to Netflix) as what you’re trying to cast it commonly doesn’t work at all.

    I’m ready to sell off my Nexus Player + game pad and go buy another Chromecast to replace it. That $35 (or less) dongle is much, much better and far less frustrating to use.

    1. Why don’t you try a Intel nuc? I bought mine for about 260€ (can be cheaper depending on the ram and hard-drive you buy) including wireless keyboard and it works like charm. Feel free to ask if you have any questions about it.

      1. That’s a little more than the cost of a Chromecast. :)

        Honestly, I bought the Nexus Player because I thought it’d be even better than a Chromecast. Boy was I wrong on that one.

        1. That’s true it costs more. I bought it after trying a minix neo x7 and a Chromecast. The both do some things good and suck at other things. That’s the reason why I bought the intel nuc I just wanted something that just works with out the limitations of the Chromecast or Android pc that where available at that time.

    2. Too bad . I have had really good use ours. I’m a day one purchaser and using Netflix daily. Only had 1 instance of having to reset my Netflix params and also the network settings. We use Plex and Youtube occasionally. Thats pretty much it.. .but for what I need it to do, its working well enough.

  7. Is there going to be any other brands or boxs coming out soon? if so, whitch ones?

    1. Razer Forge TV for $99 in Q1 2015

  8. Hey great, I needed another doorstop to sit right next to the Nexus Q.

    (PS: Stop wasting your money and just get the superior Apple TV – or Roku – or anything other than that garbage that Google puts out and soon after forgets about).

  9. Well. I love mine. Sold Apple TV 2 for $200 and bought the Nexus Player. Plays Netflix, Youtube and Plex easily.
    Pretty happy with it.

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