Logitech: Google Hasn't Asked Us To Halt Set-Top Shipments


Logitech on Monday denied a report that Google asked it to temporarily suspend shipments of its Google TV-based set-top box pending software updates.

Logitech was responding to a Dec. 24 report in DigiTimes, a trade publication covering the Asian electronics industry. The publication, citing unnamed sources, reported that Logitech had instructed one of its manufacturing partners, Gigabyte Technology, to temporarily suspend shipments of Revue set-top boxes from December 2010 to January 2011 waiting for Google "to complete updates or to launch a new version of its software for Google TV."

In a statement, Logitech vice president of corporate communications
Nancy Morrison said, "Suggestions that production of the Logitech Revue
companion box might need to be halted to address software issues are
unfounded. As those familiar with the product know, it is not necessary
for Logitech to make changes to the companion box to accommodate future
enhancements to Google TV."

Logitech "is currently meeting the inventory needs of its retail customers, continuing to ship products on schedule to meet their holiday and post-holiday demand," Morrison said. However, she added, "Logitech does not discuss the specific production plans for any of its products."

Last week, Google reportedly asked Toshiba, LG Electronics and Sharp to postpone launches of Google TV-based products, which had been planned for next month's Consumer Electronics Show. The Internet giant told the partners it needed more time to improve the software, after negative reviews of the initial Google TV products from Sony and Logitech complained about their hard-to-use features, the New York Times reported.

Another major problem for Google TV is that major broadcasters and some cable programmers have blocked its software from accessing their online episodes.

Dish Network is offering Logitech's Revue set-top box at a 40% discount from the $300 retail price, but charges $4 per month to connect it to satellite receivers.