Hisense Pulse Google TV Box Debuts for $99
Hisense Pulse with Google TV hits the Apple TV price point of $99, includes built-in Wi-Fi and is scheduled for availability in November 2012.
We’re bound to see more offerings that incorporate Google TV bundled into a networked television at CEDIA Expo 2012, but in the meantime Hisense USA has announced a set-top box that will bring Android-based web streaming functionality to current TVs.
Hisense will be introducing its Hisense Pulse with Google TV box at the IFA show in Germany, which starts Friday, Aug. 31, 2012 and will make it available in mid-November for $99. That’s a familiar price point to fans of Apple TV, Vizio’s Co-Star (also supplying Google TV) and the Roku streaming player that have been among those vying for the set-top box marketshare.
It looks like the Hisense Pulse will be a convenient add-on for clients who are hoping to bring robust streaming functionality to their existing sets, with a small-footprint form factor and slick remote control. It looks very much like the Vizio offering, which is also $99, right down to the small box and dual-sided remote.
The 4.5 square x 1.4 inch tall box weighs just 1.5 pounds and includes HDMI, Ethernet and USB ports plus built-in Wi-Fi, so clients won’t have to worry about having an Ethernet port near every TV that gets a Hisense Pulse box.
Hisense says the device supports screen resolutions and formats from 480i up to 1080p, as well as H.264, MPEG-4 and AVC.
The unit serves up all the Google TV fixings, like Chrome for web surfing, Google Play, Search, TV and Movies, and YouTube to help viewers sort and surf through the millions of online streaming content, as well as searching across live TV, apps (available through Google Play), and the home network.
Viewers can also employ the picture-in-picture and picture-outside-picture functions to multitask between viewing, surfing and social networking.
The dual-sided remote control features a QWERTY keyboard, dedicated Netflix button and touchpad.
“This box effectively bridges the gap to the latest in home entertainment, without the need for expensive hardware upgrades,” says JoAnne Foist, director of marketing at Hisense USA. “Most people have at least one HDTV in their home and with the addition of a Hisense Pulse with Google TV, we offer the liberty of accessing not just TV, but a host of streaming content, web surfing and TV apps (such as Pandora Radio, CNNMoney, Motor Trend, and Thuuz) that are available in Google Play.”
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