Hisense Announces Pulse with Google TV – Coming in November for just $99
Google TV hasn’t exactly done as well as expected. In the beginning, there was a lot of hype surrounding these little set-top-boxes. The idea sounds great, a device that can turn your standard HD TV into a Android-powered smart TV, but it never really took off. One possible explanation for the slow adoption rate is the high price of the earlier units. Well, the latest company to release a Google TV device is addressing that concern by releasing a very affordable option.
Chinese consumer electronics company Hisense has announced the Pulse, a $99 Google TV set-top-box. Much like other Google TV boxes, the Pulse allows users to enjoy content from YouTube, Pandora, Netflix and videos streaming websites on their standard HD TV.
The Pulse features Ethernet, USB and HDMI ports and a WiFi radio. Also included with the Pulse is a innovative, double-sided remote, which has a full QWERTY keyboard on one side and a touch pad on the other. The pulse supports 1080p playback, and will play H.264, MPEG-4 and AVC video files. Also, like other Google TV devices, it can download apps from the Google Play Store.
The Hisense Pulse will be available in mid-November 2012 at select retailers. Read on for Hisense’s full press release.
Hisense Pulse with Google TV brings Apps, Web, Search and live TV in a flexible package, allowing consumers to upgrade any TV for enjoying a broad range of rich content.
Suwanee, Georgia, August 27, 2012 – Offering the highest level of operating performance, standards-based compatibility and freedom of choice in home entertainment, the Hisense Pulse with Google TV connects to any television with an HDMI input and enables consumers to enjoy the richest web, search, apps and TV content experience possible. Hisense USA, maker of highly affordable consumer electronics products for the US market will debut the Hisense Pulse with Google TV in North America this fall after its official unveiling at IFA, Germany, August 31st- September 5th.
The new Hisense Pulse with Google TV offers true plug-and-play versatility, with easy set up and connectivity right out of the box. Built on Android, Google TV brings TV-optimized versions of your favorite Google services: Chrome, Google Play, Search, TV & Movies and YouTube. Similar to the way Google Search finds web content, Google TV delivers a new way to find what to watch on television. Google TV can intuitively search and sort through millions of channels and shows across live television, content services, your home network, apps, and the web, discovering and delivering what is most meaningful to each viewer. Supporting content and screen resolutions from 480i up to 1080p, as well as H.264, MPEG-4 and AVC formats, the Hisense Pulse with Google TV brings users the most flexible platform available for home entertainment today. With Picture-In-Picture and Picture-Outside-Picture you can simultaneously watch while searching the web or social networking.
“This box effectively bridges the gap to the latest in home entertainment, without the need for expensive hardware upgrades,” said 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. Compared to other streaming devices, the Hisense Pulse with Google TV allows consumers to experience a new level of smart content discovery and viewing recommendations. Hisense delivers a low cost device that provides the outstanding performance and quality for which our brand is known.”
The Hisense Pulse with Google TV features various connectivity options, including HDMI input and output, USB, Ethernet and built-in Wi-Fi. Also included in the box is a double sided remote control featuring a built-in touchpad and dedicated Netflix button on one side and a QWERTY keyboard on the other side allowing easy web and search features. The Hisense Pulse with Google TV takes up very little space (4.5″ square x 1.4″ tall), and weighs in at just 1.5 pounds. Power consumption is only 20 watts while operating, and less than 1 watt during standby mode. In addition to the consumer benefits, Google TV’s platform also allows content providers an easy, scalable platform to bring Android apps to a growing audience, enabling them to engage directly with users.
“For consumers who already have an HDTV and want to enjoy all the benefits of streaming content, the convenience of web access and apps, Google TV is the answer,” continued Foist. “It allows users to take advantage of their existing cable/satellite TV subscriptions and their existing high-definition TVs to bring many features straight to their fingertips. The lines between traditional TV and Web content are blurring – people want to watch all types of content, and the Hisense Pulse with Google TV provides exactly that.”
The Hisense Pulse with Google TV will be available in mid-November 2012 at select retailers with an MSRP of under $99. In addition, Hisense produces a range of integrated consumer electronics devices. For more information, visit www.hisense-usa.com.