Boxee Box starts shipping, Hulu and Netflix support are a go

By on November 11, 2010, 3:23 PM
As expected, D-Link's Boxee Box started shipping in 33 countries last night. The Boxee Box aims to be your complete entertainment center connected to your HDTV: it streams both standard and high definition content from all the well-known Web services, including YouTube, VUDU, MUBI, OpenFilm, IndieMoviesOnline, and EZTakes. The company also just announced that there are also plans to add Hulu Plus (as soon as possible) and Netflix (by the end of 2010) support.

"Reinterpreting what TV should be," the Boxee Box streams movies, shows, music, and photos to your HDTV. It promises up to 1080p video playback as well as support for both 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound. The device supports the following formats: MKV, SSA, PGS, AC3, VC1, TS, H264, FLV, ASS, AVI, OGG, ISO, M2TS, VOB, SRT, AAC, and FLAC. It also has HDMI, S/PDIF, RCA connectors, two USB ports, an SD card slot, gigabit Ethernet, and 802.11n Wi-Fi.

As you can see in the image above, iFixit has taken apart the Boxee Box to show you what's inside (an Intel CE4110 processor at 1.2GHz, 1GB of Nanya DDR3 SDRAM, and 1GB of Toshiba NAND memory). The company said the device has a "build quality that rivals Apple's, and is much more solid-looking than the [Logitech] Revue." The Boxee Box received a 7 out of 10 for repairability.

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TwiztidSef said:

Awww yeah. Only like $200 and provides quite a bit of functionality. I plan on testing the Boxeee software out a little further before buying. Sounds like a good alternative to google and apple. Hopefully their apps take off.

captainawesome captainawesome said:

Boxee software is based on XBMC which in my oppinion is the most powerful media centre software available today. I dont know how many of you have seen what an Xbox1 console can do with the XBMC software installed? It is just the best thing i have ever seen. I really hope the boxee box will be as good XBMC was on xbox 1.

captainawesome captainawesome said:

of course you wont be able to play crisis on it :P

jankovicgood said:

Seems that if you don't live in the US and some parts of Europe, the extra services are not supported.

captainawesome captainawesome said:

yeah us Africans always get shafted

NeoFlux said:

Definitely will upgrade my NMT with this one.....

fadownjoo said:

HOW MUCH?? no price released?

Puiu Puiu said:

although the 200$ price is nice, where i live it isn't available and only has support for some of those services so it's not something i'll buy soon (import).

ruzveh said:

After more than a year dlink is back with its commitment of a media streamer. But i guess its too late to buy their device when we can expect twice better device coming in FY11

spyx said:

Interesting anyone know of any reviews for this against the LG google box or whoever had another one these thing look like they will get more popular but kinda expensive ..............might not fit into my budget an all...

starfreezer said:

With the right build quality (read: reliability) and positive mention, this could be a solid contender on market. The negative thing: It might deter people with its somewhat strange look. I mean, the Mac Mini looks really cool and might fit in better in most homes.

bam13 said:

...and the price is? Anyway, will it be sold in Europe too?

Guest said:

Nice, yet another device that makes Apple looks like a piece of garbage. I looks good enough to be competition for Google too. This should be interesting...

surbey said:

I have been waiting for this device since the moment I heard about it. And the XBMC OS is amazing. A friend has been using it and I'm planning on putting in on a computer when I get the time. Thanks for the article Techspot.

hassaan said:

I'm pretty pumped! Plus since Boxee uses a generic Mozilla browser running on an x86 Intel platform, they shouldn't get blocked like Google TV does (flash identify string should be the same as Flash running in any other Linux OS). But we'll see...

gobbybobby said:

It is being sold in Europe. However its that super accurate currency conversion they do. $200 = £200 WTF!


thedrelle said:

I definitely want to pick one of these up. There may be limited availability now, when it comes to live shows and certain services, but as it gains in interest, other services will jump on board

jazboy said:

Better alternative than costly Google TV. But i will wait till some uers review.

Guest said:

Boxee is the sh1t! I use the software installed on an old pc and it rocks.

bensil said:

The box is neat and the controller works very well. The software has already updated itself after only one day, and did so without incident. Navigation is smooth, but instructions are sparse. Video playback in TV shows and movies has been terrible. Sound is heard, but often no, or very choppy, picture with no sound sync whatsoever. The Apps seem to play better. (Of course, the porn offerings are perfectly rendered. WTF!) Pretty much the same as running Boxee on a PC, just without the PC.

Guest said:

wow that's great to know about it, this is the right product for 21st century.. thanks

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