As promised, Vizio has starting taking pre-orders for its Co-Star Google TV box. For a penny less than a Benjamin, it adds the new Google TV experience to your existing setup, and brings along its remote with QWERTY keyboard on the underside and integrated IR blaster. Based on one of Marvell's ARM processors it's ready for apps like OnLive, and now that the price is competitive with the hockey puck streamers like Roku, Western Digital or Apple, we'll see which one consumers choose. August 14th is the current estimated shipping date, if you'd like to be the first with one (and take advantage of a "limited time" free shipping offer) before the box hits retailers hit the source link to get in line, or check out the press release and quick video preview embedded after the break.
ONLINE PRE-ORDERS OPEN TODAY FOR HIGHLY ANTICIPATED
VIZIO CO-STAR™ STREAM PLAYER WITH GOOGLE TV™ FOR $99.99, SOLD EXCLUSIVELY ON VIZIO.COM
Free-Shipping Offer Available for a Limited Time
WHAT: VIZIO, America's #1 LCD HDTV Company*, announced today pre-order availability of its highly anticipated stream player
The VIZIO Co-Star turns any HDTV into the ultimate smart TV**. With 1080p and 3D support; Co-Star offers the distinct advantage of connecting to a cable or satellite box. This feature allows viewers to enjoy full screen web browsing with Adobe® Flash® Player and HTML 5, access to entertainment apps such as the OnLive® Game Service, Netflix®, YouTube® and more*** without switching inputs or remotes thanks to the universal touchpad remote with keyboard.
The VIZIO Co-Star is the first stream player to offer video games on demand. Through OnLive,® users can demo, watch and play hundreds of top-tier video games directly from the "cloud," eliminating the need for an independent game console. In addition, the VIZIO Co-Star offers popular apps such as Amazon Instant Video, YouTube®, iHeartRadio and more – all available for download through the Google Play Store.
WHEN: Online pre-order opens on July 24, 2012 at www.vizio.com/costar. The VIZIO Co-Star stream player will be available exclusively on VIZIO.com for $99.99 (US), with an introductory free-shipping offer, while supplies last.
To pre-order visit: www.vizio.com/costar
* IHS iSuppli Corporation Research Q2 2012 Market Tracker Report of Q1 2012.
** Compatible with high definition televisions with HDMI connectivity.
*** High-speed/Broadband Internet service and access equipment are required, and not provided by
VIZIO. Additional fees and/or subscriptions required for certain content and services. VIZIO makes no warranties, representations, or assurances of any kind as to the content, availability, or functionality of third party content or services.
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