June 27, 2012
| by Jason Knott
Vizio has launched its Co-Star Stream Player that uses the latest version of Google TV to turn HDTVs into smart TVs, merging live and streaming entertainment.
With the Co-Star Stream Player, users get instant access to thousands of apps, full-screen web browsing capabilities - via Google Chrome with Adobe Flash Player and HTML 5 support - and streaming entertainment.
The Co-Star connects to a cable or satellite box to allow live TV along with the web, apps, OnLive cloud gaming, and other streaming entertainment. This integrated experience along with the universal touchpad remote with keyboard eliminates the need to switch TV inputs or remotes to access alternative content.
Matt McRae, Vizio’s chief technology officer, says Vizio has “combined the powerful features of Google TV with an intuitive and easy to use interface” with Co-Star.
The added benefit of Google TV’s search feature lets viewers browse websites, hunt for streaming movies or locate their favorite TV shows; and with picture-in-picture technology, it can all be done while simultaneously watching live TV action.
In addition to favorite apps such as Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, YouTube and iHeartRadio, the Co-Star is the first stream player to offer video games on demand through the OnLive Game Service. OnLive allows users to demo, watch and play hundreds of video games directly from “the cloud” via their Vizio Co-Star, eliminating the need for an independent game console.
The Co-Star also includes a universal Bluetooth remote with a touchpad for touch, tap, scroll and drag control, and a full QWERTY keyboard. The unit supports 1080p and 3D entertainment, built-in 802.11n Wi-F, and an integrated USB port. The company is taking pre-order online for $99.99 with introductory free shipping.