Logitech to cut Revue price to $249. Another sign Google TV = Fail?

Summary:While Apple seems to be having some success with its latest iteration of its Apple TV product, things aren't as rosy with Google TV. The latest sign that's something amiss: Logitech is planning to cut the price of its Revue set-top box featuring Google's entertainment platform to $249 starting next month.

While Apple seems to be having some success with its latest iteration of its Apple TV product, things aren't as rosy with Google TV. The latest sign that's something amiss: Logitech is planning to cut the price of its Revue set-top box featuring Google's entertainment platform to $249 starting next month.

Why the price slash? It's not because sales are great. While Logitech had expected fourth-quarter 2010 sales of $18 million related to Google TV, its earning statement showed that it only achieved $5 million in Revue sales -- and that inventory has swelled by 28 percent. Thus far, the Revue and Sony's Internet TV box are the best-known Google TV units, though other manufacturers have stated they have plans for Google TV devices.

Google TV has suffered from technical issues, content blocking from TV networks, and an unfriendly UI. The tech giant hopes to jump-start the platform by adding the Android Market to Google TV next month around the time of the Google I/O conference. It also would certainly help things if prices for the devices dropped -- a lot.

Unfortunately for Google TV device makers, consumers may have a better experience buying an Android tablet and beaming its video apps to a connected TV, and surfing the Web on a screen that sits right on their lap.

How can Google TV be saved? Let everyone know your ideas in the Comments section.

Topics: Hardware, Apple, Google, Mobility

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Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

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