Vizio rolls out $100 Google-OnLive set-top box

Vizio has debuted a $100 set-top-box powered by Google’s TV software. The device can be used to access live TV, streaming Internet videos, apps and web content.

As Liliputing’s Brad Linder notes, the Vizio Co-Star is a cheaper and more interesting alternative to a Roku, Apple TV, or Boxee Box – especially as the first Google TV boxes from Sony and Logitech maxed out at a cool $300.

The device features HDMI inputs and outputs, supports 720p/1080p video playback and offers native support for H.264, MP4, and MKV video, and 5.1 channel audio.

The Vizio Co-Star is also equipped with a USB 2.0 port, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, 10/100 Ethernet, Bluetooth, DLNA device support and a universal remote control with touchpad in the center.

As noted above, the Google-powered box is capable of running a number of apps including YouTube, Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.

In addition, the Co-Star is the first media streaming device to offer support for OnLive, which can be used to stream PC and console video games over the ‘Net – simply by connecting a USB or wireless joystick to the set-top-box.

The Co-Star – measuring 4.2″ x 4.2″ x 1.6″ and weighing 0.66 pounds – is currently available for pre-order and will be hitting store shelves in July.

It should be noted that Sony is also introducing its next-gen Google TV box. Priced at a sweet $200, the device is equipped with two USB ports and a remote control with an integrated QWERTY keyboard.