Summary: When I bought this product I wasn't aware that Google TV blocks video content from other websites. You can access Netflix just fine. There's even an app for that, but Hulu and video feeds from any network's websites are blocked.
Summary: The concept of Google TV has intrigued me for a while now. I looked at the earlier generation models, and had nothing but issues with them. Now, a few years later, I thought I would test the waters again. I really wanted this to work, so I ordered the Sony Internet Player on 20 May 2013 and gave it a try. First, setup was fairly painless. It attached to my wireless network without issue, and since I have Sony components, it hooked up with the TV effortlessly.
Summary: My primary purpose with a set top box is to play back video files from a hard drive. I've tryed boxes by seagate, lacie, WD, Roku and have been disappointed every time one way or another. this one promised not only expansion and upgrades, but also possibly replacing my long suffering harmony remote. Needless to say, it did not work out. the long setup process was a bit of a letdown, and the system update doubled that.
Summary: Pretty much everything in the Google Play store says "Not compatible with this Google TV." This includes Hulu Plus, and Amazon Instant Video and when you consider that I intended to replace a Roku 2 with this device, these details become significant. Sure you can browse web pages in Chrome and view the movies of Amazon after dinging around the website, but its a few steps back from the Roku 2.
Summary: Could not even set it up, let alone use it. The offer of this item neglected to mention in all of the description of the product, and its capabilities, that it will not work unless you have a cable box and a DVR. "One box, unlimited entertainment." .... "Best of all, Google TV uses your existing cable or satellite service so you do not have to switch inputs to use it.
Summary: I bought this product as an upgrade from my Roku box, but to my surprise it only offers HALF of the what the Basic Roku offers (no Hulu app... really?!) The box uses Google Chrome as it's Internet system, which is great... except they forgot to include a CLOSE function anywhere in the whole program (think about that for a second -- it's a big deal). I could go on and on but I won't. Don't buy it. It's not worth the money.
Summary: My problem may not be with the unit per se, but with the limitations I didn't realize would exist with this. I bought this unit specifically because it has a full browser (Chrome) instead of the other limited smart boxes which rely solely on apps. Unfortunately, either the browser isn't truly 'full' or networks are actually recognizing the device and blocking it.
Summary: I have been curious about Google TV since the first Logitech boxes came out. I am a big fan of Google in general and have had several Android phones. I have learned to avoid the first generation of Google products, however, as they are typically beta products that need refining. I've also learned that Google typically does refine and get things right. So I thought I'd give Google TV a try. As much as I really want to like it, I can't say that I do.
Summary: the browser was unusable for me, the really sweet looking remote couldnt be used with the browser, couldn't click any links, all links seemed to be locked down and couldnt type in urls easily, had to really force a url and figure out how to get it in there. the browser was what i was most excited about, then when going to gmail, clicking on an actual mail, it wouldnt open it. so the browser was useless.
Summary: This is why I can't recommend this: 1. It crashes every few days (mostly when using Netflix app) It should have had a reset button so I don't have to unplug it from the back every time. 2. Amazon video always stays in low quality even though I have a fast internet connection. The app is a browser really it's not a native app. (same with crackle app, it's just a browser wrapper). 3.