Vizio’s Addition To The Google TV Family Is Now Available For Pre-Order

By: Zach Walton - July 24, 2012

I was a little scared for the future of Google TV during I/O. The company didn’t talk about it during any of their keynotes and there wasn’t a lot of developer workshops dedicated to the smart TV software. Worry not, however, as the latest shining beacon of hope for Google TV is set to arrive soon with pre-orders starting today.

Vizio announced today that pre-orders are being accepted for its Co-Star stream player. If you are unfamiliar with the device, it’s kind of like the Google TV equivalent of Apple TV. It’s a small box that connects to your television to bring all the goodness of Google TV to any TV with HDMI input.

As for the Co-Star itself: It supports video up to 1080p and can even display in 3D for TVs that support it. It also, as Vizio puts it, “offers the distinct advantage of connecting to a cable or satellite box.” It’s a good thing as the remote that comes with the Co-Star will be able to work in conjunction with both the Co-Star and your set-top box for a seamless watching experience.

The Co-Star features all the usual Google TV apps like Netflix, Chrome, Pandora and Google Play. It’s also the first stream player to be integrated with OnLive. If you have a fast enough internet connection, you’ll be able to stream PC games through the Co-Star with little to no lag.

Pre-orders for the Co-Star open today with the device being available for the low price of $99. Vizio hasn’t announced a proper release date for the Co-Star yet, but you get free shipping if you pre-order now. The Co-Star will be available exclusively through Vizio’s online store. If the quality is anything like their excellent televisions, then I can see the Co-Star being a hit among the Google TV fan base.

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  • Robert in Canada

    Interesting new product maybe, but the ad is useless and stupid.

    It doesn’t inform or tell you anything other than the girl in the ad is able to make some unusual sounds when using this device.