D-Link today announced the Boxee Remote Control by D-Link (DSM-22). The remote control, which gives Boxee users on PC and Mac what Boxee Box users have had from the very beginning, is now available at Amazon.com, TigerDirect.com, NewEgg.com, and Buy.com, for $50. The Boxee Remote Control can also serve as an additional remote for the Boxee Box by D-Link.
The two-sided accessory features a full QWERTY keypad that works seamlessly with Boxee software. The Boxee Remote Control enables easy access to the search and social capabilities of the Boxee software on PC or Mac. It allows users to share their favorite video-on-demand service through their social networks, as well as input URLs and account information online. In addition, unlike infrared TV remotes, the Boxee Remote Control uses RF signals via an included nano-sized USB adapter so consumers never have to worry about having to point the remote at the computer.
Last month, Boxee announced it will finally update the downloadable version of its software for Windows, Mac, and Ubuntu this fall. Boxee users on computers will thus be able to enjoy the updated browser, improved playback, and all the extra content that is currently available on the Boxee Box.
Boxee wants to bridge the gap between the CE and computer version, which has steadily grown bigger as the focus was almost entirely on Boxee Box. Unfortunately, updates for the downloadable version will still most likely lag behind the versions of Boxee for devices. On the other hand, the team is also working on making an open source version of the downloadable version easier to use for people who want to build their own versions of Boxee.
"The Boxee Remote Control was one of the most talked about advances with the Boxee Box by D-Link," Andrew Kippen, vice president of marketing at Boxee, said in a statement. We're excited to bring it to all of the Boxee users who've built customized home media centers and want to get even more out of their Boxee software. For Boxee software users, this remote makes all the difference between a PC experience and one that feels like watching TV. Consumers can literally kick back, relax and control their SmartTV experience from their couch."