Dish Network pitches Google TV to subscribers, despite Logitech's planned exit

Even though Logitech (Nasdaq: LOGI) has said it will stop making set-tops that deliver the Google TV (Nasdaq: GOOG) platform, Dish Network (Nasdaq: DISH) is continuing to market the Revue box to its subscribers.

Logitech Revue Android software

Logitech updated its Revue OS on Dec. 7.

Logitech CEO Guerrino De Luca said last month that the company would stop making its Revue set-top for Google TV, calling the set-top a "mistake of implementation of a giant nature." But on Wednesday, Logitech announced that it is delivering a software update to Revue boxes that it has already sold, including set-tops that are in the homes of Dish Network subscribers.

The software update includes an updated TV & Movies app which lets viewers search and watch content supplied by pay TV providers, Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX), Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) and YouTube.

"Dish Network continues to collaborate with Logitech to bring customers this next version of Logitech Revue with Google TV," Vivek Khemka, Dish VP of product management, said in Wednesday's announcement.

When Google unveiled its Google TV product, it announced a deal with Dish Network that allows it to use a pairing protocol to integrate Google TV content with its satellite TV programming."This provides customers with streamlined experience when searching for programs to record. You can't do that with cable," Dish spokesman Marc Lumpkin told FierceCable.

While Logitech has said it will no longer manufacture the Revue set-tops that power Google TV, it appears to be relying on Dish to help it sell its remaining inventory. Dish is pitching the Revue set-tops on its website, charging customers $99 for the boxes.

"We'll continue to support the Google TV product and the software development that will enhance the Google TV experience for our customers, even after inventory is depleted," Lumpkin said. "Going forward, we'll continue to explore new ways to bring advanced TV experiences to our customers," he added.

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