Vizio’s new Co-Star Google TV box, which became available for pre-sale on Wednesday for $99, sold out of its initial stock in less than 12 hours. Vizio stated via their Google + page that pre-0rders are once again available, but as of writing this post the website still says they are out of stock.
We will update this post once it appears that pre-orders are available once again. If you would like to try for yourself, you can visit the pre-order page here.
Earlier today we had the opportunity to check out Vizio’s private CES showroom to get a look at the new Vizio VIA Plus with Google TV. We already uploaded our image gallery, but we also shot a brief video demo in the short time we had to check out the device, which you can check out after the break.
Earlier today we spent some time at Vizio’s private CES showroom for some exclusive time with their new Vizio Via Plus with Google TV. They had both the 55″ and 47″ models on display, and let me tell you, these are some nice TVs. Unfortunately the Blue-ray players were not on display, and we were informed they are still in the development phase.
I was able to confirm that the press image which features apps that don’t ship with Google TV is in fact a mockup. While the Vizio Google TV features their custom Android skin, the TV will be shipping with the default Google TV apps we have currently. These TV’s are also glasses 3D ready, with a 460 hz refresh rate
Continue after the break to check out some of the shots, and stay tuned for a brief video demonstration as well.
On Monday we told you that Vizio had released some information about their foray into Google TV with their Blue-ray player and Via Plus HDTV line. We are now happy to tell you that Vizio has issued a press release formally announcing some additional details about the devices, including the model number and screen size of the two TVs. From the release:
The XVT3D476SP and XVT3D556SP are part of the new VIZIO VIA Plus ecosystem that combines the convenience of entertainment on demand with a consistent and seamless experience across all devices in the ecosystem, including the VIZIO Phone and VIZIO Tablet. VIZIO Internet Apps™ (VIA) Plus TVs, which will incorporate the Google TV platform, feature a sophisticated and intuitive user interface that allows users to access their favorite apps as well as search and browse the web using a premium Bluetooth QWERTY universal remote with touchpad and built-in dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi.
The 476SP is a 47-inch model, and the 556SP is a 55-inch model. We don’t have any info about pricing or a release date (or whether or not it will be shipping with the Android Market and Vizio’s new custom Android skin), but we will be getting some hands on time at Vizio’s private CES showroom this Thursday, so stay tuned for some exclusive photos and information. Continue after the break for the full press release.
We already know that Samsung is planning on announcing their plans to get into the Google TV game at CES this January. Well, Bloomburg is now reporting that Toshiba and Vizio are both expecting to announce similar plans, also at CES. If this all holds true, it would certainly give a boost to the platform which continues to be plagued by backlash from the major networks.
There’s no word yet as to what type of devices they’re planning on announcing, but chances are they will be Google TV enabled TV sets. Samsung, Vizio and Toshiba would join Sony and Logitech as the only companies to offer a Google TV enabled device. We’ll be on hand at CES this year to bring you the latest and greatest in Google TV news, so stay tuned.
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