updated 03:00 pm EDT, Thu September 16, 2010
Dish to offer Logitech's Google TV box at discount
Dish Network is lining up a plan to subsidize the Logitech Revue Google TV box for a launch later this month as a leaked presentation has likely given away the plans. The Revue is now expected to launch on September 29 for a full price of $299, but any existing Dish satellite TV customer would get it for $179 plus a $4 DVR fee. Engadget's shots also confirm a recently spied media-oriented keyboard and the interface for loading third-party Google TV apps.
Other rumors have pointed to the Google TV shipping on October 17 and contradict the leak, but the discount is likely to explain why guests at Google's Zeitgeist conference received Google TV bundles that are now known to have included half a year of free Dish service. Dish was announced from the start as a partner for Google TV, but its exact choice of equipment and strategy hasn't been defined.
Besides providing all the main features of Google TV, the Revue also works as a hub for Harmony remotes, including Android and iPhone apps, and can pull media from across the local network.