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The Boxee Box is a part HD media player and part HD media streamer. As one device, it attempts to do the best of what the WD Live HD media player series does and what the Apple TV does. And does so looking very unique. The unique cube-ish design makes the Boxee look very different from all other HD media players out there. No wonder, because it has been designed by the same people who designed the Xbox 360. The cube has been chopped away for a certain part. The base has a fluorescent green colour, contrasting with the combination of glossy and matte black all around. The base has a rubberized finish, preventing accidental slips. One look at the form factor, and you know this one will stand out in the midst of all the other gadgets in your home theater console. Which makes us wonder - why do companies not pay more attention to the design of their media players? The front is completely clean, with only an illuminating Boxee logo. The colour notification here is quite unique - when you are connected to the network, the logo will illuminate in green. If however, you aren’t connected to the network, or the device has been in stand-by for some time, it will turn orange.
Free flowing bandwidth; it's an enabler. There was a time when no one had cable modems or DSL lines. Remember that? Alright, fair enough, neither do we. Regardless, having a 10Mb+ data connection to your domicile is a thing of beauty, because there's obviously so much you can do with it. The question becomes not so much what the cable or telecom companies tell you, or sell to you, with respect to what you can do with it, but rather what a little imagination, and some optimized hardware and software can do with it. And that's exactly the premise by which service platforms like Roku, Apple TV, Google TV and Boxee were born, though Boxee was a bit of a pioneer in the space with the introduction of their cross-platform software in early 2010. Boxee touted their software as the first "Social Media Center," with the ability to rate content and share it with your friends across multiple portals like Facebook and Twitter. Boxee developed a strong following as a result, because the very hooks they built into their software that allowed users to share their favorite shows, movies and other content, also broadcasted the Boxee brand along with it.
People who enjoy building their own computing hardware will be familiar with the Boxee name. But if you don’t fall into that camp, you’re probably wondering what the heck this weird-looking, not-exactly-a-cube thingy is all about. The answer comes in two parts. The first part is the software platform known as Boxee, developed by Boxee, Inc. This is a free application that can run atop a number of different operating systems, including Windows, OS X, and Linux. Install the software on the hardware of your choice, and it will collect all the TV programming and movie content you tell it you’re interested in, and present it in an organized portal. Much of the content is free, but can also include premium content—for example, movies from the Netflix and Vudu streaming sites. You can also incorporate your own personal content. Finally, Boxee can run apps—such as Pandora, Flickr, and Vimeo—as well as hook into Facebook and Twitter. The second part of the answer takes the form of a set-top box and innovative remote control manufactured by D-Link. Put these two parts together and you have the Boxee Box. Connect the Boxee Box to your TV on one side, and to an Internet connection on the other side, and you gain access to all the same online content you’d get if you installed the Boxee software on your PC.
We'll tell you the truth – we were really looking forward to seeing the D-Link Boxee Box. A previous demo we'd seen was definitely favourable, while in terms of style and power we were looking forward to something that could better the recently-revamped Apple TV. Indeed, we were looking forward to something that could kick the Apple TV completely into touch – after all, D-Link's Boxee Box is hardly short on power, being boosted by the on-board Intel Atom CE4100, having gone away from the Nvidia Tegra 2-based box previewed almost a year ago. Check out our Apple TV reviewThe Atom hardware is strikingly similar to the CE4150 that has been launched in Google TV devices to date, though that's where the similarity ends it seems. There's also 1GB of flash storage inside, as well as 1GB of RAM. The other side of this box is the Boxee software – available on the PC for some time – has also been noted as a speedy and flexible interface, if not one that's exactly bug-free. Sadly, at the end of our previous demo, the first warning sign appeared – the Boxee Box was to cost £199. This isn't exactly a surprise. After all, aside from the lack of storage, you basically have a netbook inside this lopped-off cube.
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