The D-Link Boxee Box HD Player will start shipping November 10 via Amazon.com, the company announced Wednesday. All other U.S. retailers will have the product in-store and online starting November 17. Worldwide orders will start shipping shortly after this date, Boxee said.
“We’ve seen amazing demand for the Boxee Box across all of our pre-order partners in the US and internationally,” said Rod St. Michel, vice president of consumer sales at D-Link. “Consumers are looking for the right product to get their favorite TV shows and movies onto their TV from the Internet and their home network, and the Boxee Box is the friendliest, and most consumer-ready product currently available.”
Vudu will also be available in Boxee’s free media center software, marking the service’s first entry into the PC marketplace (also on Mac and Linux). Since converting from its pre-Wal-Mart days as a standalone box, Vudu has been better known as a feature embedded on a wide range of devices from the likes of LG (SEO: 066570), Vizio and Samsung. The award-winning Boxee Box, first unveiled in December 2009, received critical acclaim from the industry and is highly anticipated by consumers. The product is the first media device capable of playing most popular media file formats from a home network along with free and premium TV shows and movies, videos, music, and photos from the Internet, with support for full 1080p high-definition (HD) and 5.1 surround sound. To celebrate the launch, Boxee and D-Link will host a launch party in New York City on November 10. At the event, Boxee said it will demo Boxee 1.0, a new version of the Boxee software that will initially be available on the Boxee Box, but will later roll out for PCs, the Mac, and Linux.
The actual Box supports a wide variety of formats, such as H.264, MKV, DivX, VC-1, and Flash 10.1. The Boxee desktop software features Twitter, Facebook, Pandora, Last.fm, Picasa, Flickr, and more. It also has HDMI, S/PDIF, RCA connectors, two USB ports, an SD card slot, gigabit Ethernet, and 802.11n Wi-Fi. Many of the apps you can access on the web or via your mobile phone will be available through the Boxee box. Included in the long list of apps are Funny or Die, College Humor, MTV, Digg, University courses, panel discussions, TED Talks, Current TV, Stanford Online, FORA.tv, and the list goes on. The TED Talks are actually an interesting feature to be able to access and proves that this is more than just a movie/tv show streaming device, but rather another way to increase knowledge. The web browser is similar to IE or Safari, but optimized to work with a QWERTY remote and your HDTV, seamlessly. The Box comes with a remote that can operate Boxee primarily from one side. However, the other side has a full QWERTY keyboard that makes it easy to search for content and browse the Web.
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