Boxee and D-Link have announced that its Boxee Box a set-top box for streaming video content built in collaboration with D-Link now available in 33 countries. Although we have a hard time seeing how the name of a router manufacturer is going to convince anyone to buy what’s in essence a streaming media player in a rather unusually shaped box.
Before it was a set-top box, Boxee was a piece of software that you installed on your Mac or PC and then hooked up to your television to stream content. Now the company is getting into the growing, and competitive, market of Internet-connected television devices. The Boxee Box was supposed to launch during the first six months of 2010, but the company failed to meet that deadline. It’s not clear why the Boxee Box was delayed, although Engadget reports that the company said its plans to launch before summer were “overly ambitious.”
At the core of the Boxee Box is an Intel Atom CE4110 SoC, a model we’re not familiar with, especially as Intel only lists a CE4100, a CE4130 and finally the CE4150 which is found in the Logitech Revue. We presume the CE4110 is similar to the CE4100 in terms of functionality which means no support for AV input and a mere 200MHz graphics core, whereas the CE4150 features twice as fast graphics at 400MHz, although the actual CPU speed is the same at 1.2GHz. The Boxee Box also contains 1GB of NAND Flash and 1GB of DDR3 RAM, the same as the Logitech Revue, although the latter also has an additional 4GB NAND Flash chip. In terms of connectivity options you get an HDMI port, optical S/PDIF out, a pair of RCA stereo jacks, a 10/100Mbit Ethernet port, a pair of USB 2.0 ports and an SD card slot. It also supports 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, but unlike the Logitech Revue, the Boxee Box appears to use a pair of antennas for MIMO support.
Both Apple TV and the Logitech Revue with Google TV include Netflix streaming, but neither incorporates Hulu Plus. Hulu and Boxee have an interesting history: In February 2009, Hulu pulled its content from Boxee at the request of its content providers. Boxee then added a built-in RSS reader to its site in order to provide access to Hulu.com content, but Hulu blocked that once again. For now, you can rent movies from VUDU and watch content from other Web services like OpenFilm and IndieMoviesOnline on the Boxee Box. You can also stream your own content; one of the more attractive features of the Boxee Box is its compatibility with a wide variety of video and audio file types. Like Google TV, the Boxee Box integrates a full browser, and also lets you search right from your television for content from a variety of sources including Boxee services and the Web at large. The box also supports HTML 5-based Web sites.
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