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.