Google I/O has come and gone with nary a mention of Google TV. Disheartening to say the least, but that doesn't mean that the platform is dead. Not while manufacturers keep making products for it. Products like the Vizio Co-Star. For $99, the Co-Star sits in the right sweet spot for Google TV device pricing. Combine the price with a remote that's smaller than a plank of wood, and OnLive gaming built right in, the little box actually looks like a pretty sweet deal. If Google TV is your thing, that is.


Estimated shipping for this device starts on August 14th. Of course, we'd be remiss if we didn't remind any potential customers that, while the device itself looks like one of the better and cheaper Google TV devices on the market, don't buy it if you're hoping for it to grow into something better. Very little about Google TV was discussed at I/O this year, instead favoring Google's Nexus Q as the media streamer of choice. What Google plans to do with the platform is uncertain and it may fall by the wayside sooner than we'd like. Still, $99 to put an OnLive streamer and a Google search box on your TV? Not a bad deal.

Source: Vizio

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  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

    Well, $99 means you'll regret it marginally less 6 months from now. So there's that.

  • Keith0606

    can you use this to play back play store content like movies or musice like the nexus Q? Q is crazy priced but $99 might make me consider trying it out.

    • jm9843

      Yes, via Google Music and the YouTube app. You have to actually rent/purchase the content through another device but can then watch on Google TV. Renting/Purchasing on Google TV is coming later this summer.

  • RichardReich

    If Google can't be bothered to mention GTV at IO, then the platform is dead. The Co-Star is a very attractive product, but even at $99 I'm not interested in buying into a dead-end.

    • jm9843

      There were multiple Google TV developer sessions at I/O.

      • RichardReich

        That's good. But the platform is dead without management support. And the keynote sessions are where that's displayed (or withdrawn). I think they know that when Apple enters the TV domain for real, Google TV will be done. (I'm not happy about this, but I do think it's inevitable.)

        • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

          I can see the Nexus Q gaining some developer tweaks and Google applying it to a future GoogleTV as a hybrid of the two. I don't care what Apple releases, I don't see it being better then a GoogleTV with what GoogleTV already has, plus Nexus Q features...

  • mduran1023

    I dunno, this looks interesting but I'm kinda bitter towards Vizio right now. My pre ordered CN15-A2 was just back ordered for a second month... gonna be a while before I buy anything from them again...

  • fixxmyhead

    i'd get it if i had a capable tv, still stuck in the dinosaur age of crt tv's :'(

  • http://twitter.com/Xeratun Xeratun

    If this performs very well it could help Google put more focus back into Google TV. Unfortunately, it is only sold through Vizio's website for now, so I'm not sure how well it can do. I've considered selling off my Revue and picking it up though. We'll see.

    • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

      I'd get it over keeping the Revue any day!

      • http://twitter.com/Xeratun Xeratun

        Oh I agree it's a better device, but it's a matter of wanting to invest money into getting it or not.. I tried selling my Revue for like $90 (which actually was competitive with Amazon) on Craigslist and $50 was the best offer I got. So I gotta decide how much I'm willing to spend for an upgrade.

  • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

    Really what I want to see is, ICS on GoogleTV... Wasn't that the point with ICS, cross platform Phones, tablets and TV's? I love my GoogleTV, and planing on getting the new Sony set top box. I have the Sony blu-ray GoogleTV as is. The only thing I want to see is more developer support. Also, they need to make the GoogleTV plugin for eclipse work on windows computers. I've been learning on my own how to develop app's and would love to build for GoogleTV. But I own a Windows computer, don't feel like spending 1,000's of dollars on a Apple computer to build for GoogleTV...

  • http://twitter.com/Xeratun Xeratun

    Woah. It's sold out. Either this thing is way more popular than anybody expected, or Vizio did not make very many..

  • http://twitter.com/Xeratun Xeratun

    I'd rather buy a TV and a "buddy box." Saves money overall.

  • cosmic totem

    ok it's august 14th! still says "pre-order" on the vizio website as of 11EST this morning. i pre-ordered last month...where is it? lol.