The device Boxee Box made by D-Link, took home 4 awards at the show including Best of CES 2010. Boxee Box is a media player that helps users organize all the media they already have. In addition, it is equipped with software that includes thousands of episodes and movies pulled from legal and public sources on the Web.
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. Fully capable of broadcasting in 1080p, the price for the Boxee Box will be in the $200 range and available online through sites like Amazon.com or at local stores such as Best Buy.
Zach Klein, the Chief Product Officer at Boxee, told WebProNews that Boxee changes the way we think about television. He said: “The future of television is about watching anything you want, any time you want, on demand.”
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.
On the evening of November 10, Boxee and D-Link will have a launch event in New York City to celebrate and demo the Boxee Box with Boxee 1.0, a new version of Boxee software that will initially be available only on the Boxee Box and will later roll out to Mac, PC and Linux.
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