Netgear launches its first Google TV box the NeoTV Prime

It’s starting to look like 2013 might be Google TV’s year… at least if the companies that make consumer electronics for your home theater system have anything to say about it. While it’s still not clear how much demand there is for smart TVs or set-top-boxes that make your TV smarter (or at least capable of running apps), it seems like everybody and their kid brother has a new Google TV box to sell.

Earlier today Asus announced its new Qube box with Google TV, which should be available this year. If you can’t wait that long, Netgear just launched the NeoTV Prime, a $130 Google TV box which is available starting today.

Netgear NeoTV Prime

The box features dual HDMI outputs, an Ethernet jack and 802.11n WiFi, support for 1080p HD video playback and 5.1 channel audio, and an IR remote control which appears to have dedicated buttons for online video sites including Netflix, Amazon, YouTube and HBO, in addition to the usual Google TV navigation buttons.

In other words, you might have a few useless buttons on your remote if you don’t subscribe to Netflix or HBO, or buy content from Amazon… but aren’t there always a few useless buttons on any media center remote?

  • Chris

    Dual HDMI outputs? Naw. 1 in, 1 out.

  • boonesimpson

    Vizio co star still seems the winner, neither netgear nor hisense nor sony have made any real improvements, they just used the reference specs and change the keyboard.

    I would ask “where are the bluray” versions, but if the last batch of GTV’s was any indication, the optical drive will be for retail disks only, so no way to access stored mkv / mp3 files.

    GTV needs more than a bunch of oems making the same thing. If every android phone was the same as the G1, it would not be what it is today. Someone needs to innovate.

  • Michael Keoki Sing

    No NDK means no developer support. Google TV is a dead end until then.

  • Ricky

    What’s with the HDMI in?