Vizio introduces the Vizio Co-Star, a $99 Google TV player

June 26, 2012
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Google TV may not have taken off at a blistering pace, but it didn’t stop companies from bringing out units that can transform your HDTV into a full-fledged source of entertainment. The latest player to enter the market is the Vizio Co-Star Stream Player, which has just been introduced at an attractive price of $99.

The Vizio Co-Star comes with the latest version of Google TV, giving access to thousands of apps via Google Play Store, and full-screen browsing capabilities with Adobe Flash and HTML 5 support. Aside from compatibility with apps like Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, M-Go, YouTube and iHeartRadio, it is the first stream player that also allows users to play on-demand video games via the OnLive Game Service.

The player comes with a universal Bluetooth touchpad remote with full QWERTY keyboard, which means you don’t have to go back and forth between remotes to access alternative content on your TV. This kind of intuitive and easy experience is exactly what Vizio’s Chief Technology Officer Matt McRae hoped that customers will get from the Co-Star. “We combined the powerful features of Google TV with an intuitive and easy to use interface, giving users the power to enjoy an entire world of entertainment,” he said.

Other power user features of the Vizio Co-Star include the built-in 802.11n WiFi, integrated USB ports to access hard drives and other peripherals, and support for 1080p Full HD resolution. If you have DLNA-enabled devices, the Co-Star lets you watch movies, view photos and more directly on the TV screen.

Interested in getting the Vizio Co-Star? Pre-order will start in July on the company’s website, but there’s no word yet on when it will be shipped to customers.

Comments

  • AppleFUD

    Funny that Vizio feels the need to skin all of its Android products while now advertising a “clean image” of Windows for their new computer line. . . strange.

    Otherwise this looks pretty good. I’ll keep an eye on it for now.

  • AndroidBrian

    So this device will play your own personal 1080p video files?

  • AndroidBrian

    Most media players and streaming media players have a USB port. Doesnt mean it will play your media files though. Roku XS has a USB but doesn’t play media files. Im pretty sure this player wont work for media files. Went on Vizio.com and in there product description it doesn’t list off compatible media formats. Bummer.

    I dont understand why some players dont have this function. Theres a pretty large demand for media players to support external Hard Drives and play media files. Western Digital media player plays back all your files and has the same streaming ability’s as this one.

    • Carmen

      It yes does support USB and external hard drives. It can play just about all media files. It supports full HD 1080p resolution just as long as the content your trying to view is 1080p. You can also use DLNA but you need to download an app from the Google play store to enable it. It’s not a built in function. -Vizio Tech Support

  • http://www.AndroidAuthority.com/ Darcy Alexander LaCouvee

    Hey guys, I will reach out to Vizio for further clarification on supported file formats.

    • kid320

      From http://www.vizio.com/costar/specs

      Video Playback: H.264, MP4, MKV
      Music Playback: MP3, AAC, WMA

      Lots of other specs listed at the link above.

      Based on the above, I am guessing there is no support for formats like AVI and WMV which, if true, would kind of be a downer.

      The also have audio features listed as “up to 5.1 channels of surround sound pass through. I wonder if DTS is supported.

      I also wonder how this thing handles external subtitle files, if at all. That is assuming I can stream the video files that are stored on my NAS device.

      The more I look at this thing, the more I like it. I just want to know a few more details about it. If I am still impressed after researching it a little more, I will be reserving/ordering one right away.