Vizio Co-Star VAP430 Wireless HD Stream Player With Google TV
The Vizio Co-Star VAP430 Wireless HD Stream Player With Google TV is going to feature:
Stream blockbuster movies and hit shows through Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, M-GO and more. Play the latest hit console video games through OnLive, or crank out your favorite tunes from iHeartRadio and Pandora
Access to the Best Entertainment: Google play lets you purchase the latest music, movies, apps, and games right from your TV screen
The Power of Google TV Search: Google TV Search pulls in results from virtually any source – live, local or streaming – making finding exactly what you want easier and quicker than ever
Touch, Point, and Tap with Ease: The Co-Star universal smart remote looks and feels just as outstanding as it functions, packing a touchpad and full keyboard for easy and intuitive navigation
Fast Connections Without Wires: With integrated 802.11n Wi-Fi, Co-Star connects easily to your home’s wireless network for superior streaming quality and Web access without the unsightly wires
The Vizio Co-Star VAP430 Wireless HD Stream Player With Google TV will feature Ethernet and WiFi connectivity, two HDMI ports and DLNA support (whiich are lacking from most of its competition), and will stream up to 1080p content. It should support at least MPEG4, WMV and MP3 formats with more likely to be announced later. The player will also be released bundled with Google TV and reportedly support streaming 3D content and streaming games from OnLive as well as the normal streaming content providers including Netflix, Hulu Plus, Slacker Radio, Amazon Instant Video, and HBO GO.
With its heavy GoogleTV integration—including reskinned system interface—and all-in-one QWERTY remote that can control a set-top box plugged into the spare HDMI port, the Stream Player aims to make flipping from live TV to streaming entertainment as easy as flipping from channel to channel.
It has been a very big couple of days for OnLive, however that is not yet finished. Vizio has announced a fairly small stream player which will give access to a wide variety of streaming media providers. By connecting the set-top box to the HDMI input on a Television, the device will be able to access GoogleTV which will mean access to OnLive. Also note that the VAP430 features Wi-Fi and a direct way to display media from mobiles using DLNA. A Bluetooth universal remote with an integrated touchpad is also included, and it has a QWERTY keyboard on the back, similar to the one supplied with the smart TVs from Vizio.
The ports that this “black box” will feature are pretty standard: ethernet, HDMI in and out, USB and a plug for the IR blaster. This will enable you to configure your set up as you fancy. The best part yet though, is the price of the VAP 430. It will be a modest $99, which should create a good alternative to the OnLive MicroConsole. However, the VAP430 will provide a lot more functionality than the MicroConsole. It will be able to utilize any of GoogleTV’s applications, including Netflix, Pandora, and lots more. With all of this said, note that you will still need a OnLive controller to fully use the OnLive services with this device.