The Google Play Music app has been updated, and it now supports newer Google TV devices like the Sony NSZ-GS7 and Vizio Co-Star. Until now the app displayed as “incompatible” in the Google Play store, but older devices like the Logitech Revue were not affected. This couldn’t have been timed better for the release of the Co-Star, but owners of the Sony NSZ-GS7 have had to be far too patient in my opinion.
Nevertheless, the app is here and can be downloaded from the Google Play store.
Now that the Vizio Co-Star is out in the wild, we thought it would be a good idea to look at how it compares to the 3rd generation Apple TV. There are some very obvious differences between these two devices, but there are also some similarities as well. Continue reading for our breakdown of the Vizio Co-Star and 3rd gen Apple TV, including a handy comparison table.
Diamond Multimedia, more commonly known as a manufacturer of video cards and other multimedia devices, is entering the Internet-ready STB game with the AMP1000. While not powered by the Google TV OS, it is running Gingerbread and features a media player capable of playing video at 1080p, a web browser, and the Google Play store.
The suggested MSRP is $120, but a mail-in rebate offer through the company’s Facebook page knocks the price down to $100 (although it does not appear to be listed yet on their promo page). The AMP1000 is available now from a variety of online retailers such as Amazon.com. Continue reading for the full company press release.
Eurochannel, a world television channel focused on European culture and lifestyle through movies, series and other programs, is now available on Google TV via a new app available in the App Store. The Google TV-optimized app features a fully interactive channel guide and a search tool. A $7.99 monthly subscription will also unlock extra streaming content from a variety of the channels programming.
Gustavo Vainstein, President of Eurochannel, had the following to say on the subject:
“We are excited about this new way to deliver our content. Eurochannel will not only be available as a cable and satellite channel. This new option will definitely complement our offering, especially those people who don’t have easy access to cable or satellite subscriptions or who cannot switch to operator that carries our channel. Our current TV viewers will also now be able to enjoy Eurochannel on the go.”
There is also an Android-optimized version available in the Google Play Store.
Starting in September, Google TV is tipped to finally get its shot abroad after all– the new Sony Google TV set-top box and Sony Blu-ray player integrated with Google TV, expected to retail for €200 (~$266) and €300 (~$400) respectively, will be released in France, the UK, Spain, and Germany. No word yet if other Google TV partners have confirmed plans to cross the pond.
With the next wave of Google TV products poised to hit shelves here in the US later this year, the retail costs of the Google TV products hitting Europe seem high. While the new Sony products do include improvements like Google Play buttons on the remote and Sony’s own Music Unlimited built in, the upcoming switch from Intel’s chipset to the new Marvell ARM-based system is expected to drive costs down. Will European Google TV shelves remain stocked until they too have access to the lower cost options?
[via Slash Gear]
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