D-Link’s Boxee, touted by many as an Apple TV beater, will be available in Europe from mid-November. The media streaming device will provide access to a wide range of online content and, as is de rigueur these days, will include Facebook integration with for content recommendations.
The box was announced at CES back in January and won the ‘Last Gadget Standing’ award and since then D-Link said it has secured content and apps from BBC, Last.fm, CNET, CNN, Channel 4, Comedy Central, Facebook, ITV, MTV Music, MySpaceTV, YouTube, Flickr, and Picasa, which sounds like a reasonable haul to us.
Nvidia’s Tegra 2 has been replaced with an Intel Atom CE4100 system-on-a-chip, due to the delays on that part we would imagine. Still the box is capable of trumping the Apple TV to deliver up to 1080p and claims to support “all popular codecs” and that includes Adobe Flash 10.1
Designed as a media PC replacement, the box offers a Qwerty keyboard as well as a remote control. It can hook up via a wired or Wireless N connection, and there are two USB ports and an SD card slot for playing content locally.
While it’s certainly got the Apple TV beat on the hardware side of things, it might find it difficult to compete, as at £199, it’s twice the price, yet has less than half the brand cache and marketing power. As ever, it’s more expensive over here than over there, as it’s priced at $199 at Amazon in the US, from where it can already be pre-ordered.
Link: Boxee TV