Google TV - Preorder at $299

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by davevt98, Oct 6, 2010.

  1. dhy8386 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 13, 2008
    That has been the price speculated for weeks. It seems high to me until it proven otherwise (although the 179 for dish peeps is interesting). Not sure why id pay 100 more than a boxee box and 3 times an apple TV. It def comes out of the gate more open and content heavy but this market is just heating up and i wouldnt invest so much now until i see what everyone has to offer.
  2. svega3 macrumors newbie

    Sep 29, 2010
    I agree, you can get an aspire revo for 150ish and load boxee/xbmc/skype and accomplish almost the same thing.
  3. Rooskibar03 macrumors 65816


    Feb 5, 2007
    State of Denial
    Normally I really love Logitech products, but the first thing that came to mind when I saw it was this old gem.


    $299 for this thing? After a bit more reading I'm really disapointed in LT. IR blasters, really? This from a company that practically owns the universal remote business. A keyboard remote? Come on.

    I'll spend a few bucks more and get a Mac Mini and use Air Mouse on my iPad.
  4. bobr1952 macrumors 68020


    Jan 21, 2008
    Melbourne, FL
    Would seem to be difficult to compete with ATV and Roku at that price. I don't think most care will really want to spend another $200. For me the difference between ATV and Roku is Amazon on Demand vs iTunes. I personally don't care about all the other fanfare--especially for $200.
  5. gcmexico macrumors 6502a


    Dec 22, 2007
    New York City
    this will not work...I've tried this years ago, keyboard with device connected to just makes it feel like a's all about the GUI and remote...a plex interface with a boxee remote, would be more appealing....looking at this makes me think I'm buying a computer to hook up to my thanks
  6. ThisIsNotMe Suspended

    Aug 11, 2008
    $300 base with a $600 ceiling.

    What a joke.

    At $300 you can get a nettop from Lenovo with they keyboard remote and an actual OS (Windows 7).

    God, what are these people thinking.

    Most people don't want something that looks like it came from the space shuttle to control their TV, they want simple.

    Hell, many couldn't even program the clock on their VCR.

    This has to be a joke.
  7. jaw04005 macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    IR blasters are so 2002. Why can't HDMI devices talk to each other to change channels? They authenticate copy protection (HDCP).
  8. ftaok macrumors 603


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast

    I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that this thing looks interesting. Sure, IR is kinda hacky, but it looks like it will put an overlay on top of the HDMI in. So if you're watching via your CableBox, you'll get the GoogleTV interface on top of the cable company's interface. Plus all of that picture-in-picture stuff.

    That blog article about input 1 and input 2 was spot on. This is definately input 1.

    Not sure if that's what I really want. Might be too complicated for my (and my family's) needs. 20 years ago when I was a lot more geeky ... yeah, right up my alley. But these days, I don't have enough brain cells to waste on complicated set-ups.
  9. Mr Kram macrumors 68020

    Mr Kram

    Oct 1, 2008
    you gotta start somewhere right? ATV wasn't always $99.
  10. bigpatky macrumors regular


    Sep 7, 2007
    they can if they're enabled. there are certain tvs that can be told to turn on/off through hdmi. i forget what it's called, though.
  11. rkmac macrumors 6502


    Jun 22, 2009
    JAFA, New Zealand
    Yes, but NOW it is $99.
    If they really want to compete, they cant be thinking in the past, they have to be ahead of the game, and a $299 price point is going to make this a very hard choice over some of the cheaper options out there at the moment.
  12. dwd3885 macrumors 68020

    Dec 10, 2004
    i generally agree with you. While Google TV is much more powerful and more feature-packed than Apple TV and even Roku, the $299 price will be difficult to overcome for some people.
  13. Tor Eckman macrumors regular

    Tor Eckman

    Jul 15, 2010
    No way that thing catches on... It costs too much, and it's too complicated.
  14. Mr Kram macrumors 68020

    Mr Kram

    Oct 1, 2008
    i tend to agree, but google has brand recognition and like the apple fanboys (me included) i'm sure there are a lot of google (android) lovers.
  15. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
    Wow, a hard sell at $299 compared to just using an old laptop... ;)

    (or depending on what's on sale, a new one...LOL).

    I was just at Comp USA and saw a Lenovo mini-esque with nVidia ION and a 160 Gig hard drive for $219...
  16. dmr727 macrumors G3


    Dec 29, 2007
    Yeah, the price is a problem for me. I bought an AppleTV because it was $99. For some reason, that price point makes an impulsive gadget buy a heck of a lot easier to do. At $299, I start trying to justify it, and until it'll allow me to cancel cable, the answer always seems to come back to 'no'.

    But I welcome more options in the marketplace, and anything that moves me towards the possibility of giving the finger to my cable company is a good thing, IMO.
  17. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
  18. DanMacApple macrumors 6502

    Jul 1, 2010
    I agree with others and think the price is too high with there being many options for less.
  19. Microsaft macrumors member

    Aug 22, 2010
    Duesseldorf, Germany
    Google / Logitech may build whatever they want - will never be good enough for some people (here)...

    When there is a remote that is useless for browsing - it's apple remote. you may be able to install apps n stuff in the future - but you will never get "the ultimate browsing experience" with apple tv.
  20. ThisIsNotMe Suspended

    Aug 11, 2008
    Yes, but the old AppleTV had an actual HD and other features.
    The GoogleTV doesn't store any content locally.
    You still need a cable service to make the product actually do something other than browse the web.
    Other boxes have Amazone VOD and Netflix for well, 1/3 of the price.
  21. mmomega macrumors demi-god


    Dec 30, 2009
    DFW, TX
    Google just wants their hobby device for 3 yrs then theyll drop the price, they usually follow apples lead right? I kid...
    Make mine a 2010 PlexMini with a Harmony remote for everything in the room or just the Plex app on the iphone, ipad or ipod.

    Do we still want more ways to put youtube on the television?
  22. Mr Kram macrumors 68020

    Mr Kram

    Oct 1, 2008
    i don't disagree. see my other post.
  23. BoulderBum macrumors 6502a

    Feb 3, 2008
    It's $299 + $149 for the web cam. Ouch!

    I thought it sounded pretty enticing until I saw that. Now it's definitely out of "impulse buy" territory.

    I still think that the immediate capability for apps gives them a leg up on Apple TV, however. It will be SO nice when Apple TV gets an app store.

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