Pros Improves with every Google TV update. Android based. Google Play Store. Keyboard on the flipside of the remote and touch pad. Hooks up between your cable box and tv, it overlays your tv and interacts with the cable box. Games incl. Zynga apps
Cons No on/off indicator light. 10 secs to start up. Major channels block Google TV from getting to content. AMC has worked for me, though. The CW looked like it was going to work but video locked up over and over
Summary I have an Apple TV second generation, a Playstation 3 and two web-enabled tv's and the Co Star is clearly the most versatile of them all with so many available apps. If the major networks stopped blocking access to their sites, I think this unit would be the best media streamer out there. Other than getting to my Apple media, it seems to do everything that any other system can do.
Probably the biggest frustration with it is the unit goes between your cable box and your tv so, if it isn't on, you don't get your cable signal. Because there isn't an indicator light it regularly provides confusion to my spouse and kids when they aren't getting cable to the tv. It's a stupid problem that could be easily helped with an on/off light.
Even though the setup leads to the frustration with not being able to see your cable feed unless the CoStar is on, this setup provides valuable benefits. When I use my other streaming media devices, you only interact with them. With the CoStar, it lays over your cable feed and interacts with it. There are several search functions and apps that are way more effective in finding content in my Comcast box than the Comcast box does itself. I think this is the main feature that really sets the CoStar apart. It does pretty much everything that the other units do but it also improves the capabilities of the cable service you already pay for.
"The Co-star gets a A."on by Rcork
Pros Seamlessly connects No Switching modes on TV to use Co-star! One push of button and the co-star is on.
Works perfect for surfing the web. No longer need to turn on a computer to do a quick search.
The YouTube App is one of the best formats Ive seen.
Cons The Co-Star could use more Apps.
Summary The Co-star lived up to everything it promised. I have used it now for over 6 months and to be able to access the web on my TV is spectacular. All the other functions are icing on the cake work well. The seamless way it works with my TV is another function that is above the rest. Not Having to switch modes to use the Co-Star is great! I do not understand all the negativity.
"Disappointed"on by Mikeg179
Pros Google TV interface
Cons Poor Return Policy. Remote Control is awful.
Summary I had a previous Google TV (Logitech) and was happier with that Unit. I didnt like how the co-star worked. I went to return it and was advised that I had to pay a 10% restocking fee. I will never buy another Vizio Product again. This was a product that was only sold through Vizio. I could not go to any store and see its operation. If I could I would have never bought It. Since Vizio was the only place to buy It I think having to pay a restocking fee is awful. Hope you like it before you buy it.
Pros can't think of anything
Cons my order never came
Summary half a star to no star
my order had never filled properly
customer service ??? what customer service.