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D-Link Unveils Boxee Box, the Stylish Apple TV Beater

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D-Link Unveils Boxee Box, the Stylish Apple TV Beater

Since it debuted midway through last year Boxee has slowly been winning friends and influencing people and now it may just have the killer device to go to the next level...

D-Link has unveiled the 'Boxxe Box', a small (120 x 120 x 120mm), radical yet aesthetically pleasing media streamer designed not only to compete with media players such as the WDTV, but also most importantly incorporate the Boxee service.

For those not in the know, Boxee is marketed as a 'Social Media Center' and is essentially a blank canvass media streamer for web content which works with almost any service including at last count: Apple movie trailers, BBC iPlayer, Jamendo, Joost, Last.fm, Pandora, NPR, SHOUTcast internet audio, plugins, ABC, Blip.TV, CNET, CNN, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV Music (music videos), MySpaceTV, Netflix, Revision3, YouTube, The WB and Television Network.

Boxee also has a long running battle with popular US site Hulu and is having an iTunes/Palm cat and mouse battle of lock and unlock (it is currently winning). On top of this Boxee supports Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and PicasaWeb plus a number of podcast channels and web feeds. In addition, it's native UI (pictured) has come in for a great deal of praise.

Naturally enough, D-Link has built on this with the Boxee Box too by including wireless n, 2x USB 2.0, an SD card slot and connectivity such as HDMI, SPDIF and RCA Audio. The usual vast array of codec support is also promised as well. As it stands D-Link has yet to put a price or release date on the Boxee Box, but for now it has certainly grabbed our attention...

Link:

D-Link Boxee Box Product Page

Boxee

MSIC

December 10, 2009, 8:50 pm

An undeniably interesting shaped box, it catches the eye and you won't easily forget it. I also find it quite attractive, and having played with Boxee software i would hope that this sells well.


That said, i can't help but think about what happens for people who stack their AV equipment...maybe Boxee / Dlink will also sell a more regularly-shaped version?

Stelph

December 10, 2009, 10:07 pm

The Boxee Box is meant to be stacked ontop of other devices I think, plus the renders dont really give it a sense of scale, its actually quite tiny, about the size of a Can of fizzy drink





http://blog.boxee.tv/2009/12/0...





Plus, they say that the Box has RF so if you really want to you can hide it out of the way, no line of sight needed

xbrumster

December 10, 2009, 10:08 pm

beaten by ASBO yobs it reminds me...

ilovethemonkeyhead

December 10, 2009, 10:59 pm

it's supposed to look like that? i thought it sunk a little into some quicksand or something when they took the photo

xbrumster

December 11, 2009, 4:45 am

it's a good reflection of recession - deep cut

Mik3yB

December 11, 2009, 3:41 pm

@ xbrumster - Sound like Yoda, you do.





I think it looks pretty nice. I thought the pics were just arty press shots initially, didn't realise it was actually shaped like that. It looks unique, I'll give it that!

ffrankmccaffery

December 11, 2009, 4:11 pm

screw the radical form factor and just give me the regulation 430 mm width dimensions so it can sit neatly on top of my other decks

DrDark

December 11, 2009, 5:47 pm

I didn't quite realise it looked like that either, thanks Stelph!





Now I'm even more intrigued, even though I just bought a WDTV and that's fine for now.





Having seen it's shape, I'm somehow compelled to wonder that it'd look like when placed on a mirror...

Mik3yB

December 11, 2009, 7:09 pm

@ drdark





Disclaimer:


If product goes within 2 feet of an highly reflective surface such as a mirror, the world will cease.

Ash

December 13, 2009, 3:31 pm

Looks cool! it doesnt give details of how big the hdd is or what OS it uses.

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