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D-Link’s Boxee Box Set for November Launch


D-Links Boxee Box Set for November Launch

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


September 14, 2010, 3:32 pm

Mrs Castalan and I have just moved house - and the main bedroom doesn't have any coax connection ... so this could well be just the thing give us something to do during the upcoming long winter nights :)

I just hope it has iPlayer - and will stream live tv like the BBC web site does ...


September 14, 2010, 4:03 pm

Other tech sites are reporting that the decision to change internal hardware was a choice, due to Tegra's difficulty with higher bitrates in certain codecs.

I'm personally very keen to see this in action, as the Boxee interface i've played with previously was miles ahead of anything else (albeit buggy at the time).

John Wards

September 14, 2010, 4:12 pm

According too engaget its not delays that caused the problem with Tegra 2 it is performance. Is that maybe the reason that Tegra 2 hasn't had much traction and the things that have been released with it are a bit rubbish?


The major problem we had with the Tegra 2 was support for high-profile HD playback," he said. "You can do high-profile VC-1 with Tegra 2, but not H.264." It was a problem of bitrate, he told us, and while NVIDIA's dual-core Tegra T20 was apparently not up to the task, the team had internally tested Intel's CE4100 decoding streams at up to 90 megabits per second.


September 14, 2010, 4:39 pm

This pretty much is everything I'd hoped Apple TV would be, and for only £100 extra it seems a relatively small ticket item to take full advantage of far more expensive high end displays and sound systems.

I'm interested.


September 14, 2010, 4:51 pm

i've got a popcorn hour and to be honest it's not really lived up to my expectations so i was thinking of getting a PC and sticking boxee on it but this looks ideal. i like the look of the remote too - very cool


September 14, 2010, 5:01 pm

I wonder how Boxee are going to pitch this? For the price it sits between low cost media players like the WDTV, and the more expensive media PC's, but without the power or the flexibility of the latter.

And then there's the low cost Atom based net-tops, which it looks like it will compete with. As someone who's never used the Boxee software, I'm just wondering if it's worth the premium over a low cost WDTV or Apple TV? At least it has most of the terrestrial TV providers signed up (minus Channel Five).

Dave Lea

September 14, 2010, 6:42 pm

It looks like Madison Cube Garden from Futurama!


September 14, 2010, 6:58 pm

Stupid, awkward shape. Can't see where I'd put it at home. If it was a "normal" shape I might be tempted.

Hamish Campbell

September 15, 2010, 12:25 pm

errr. isn't there any film rental tie in?

Living in Denmark the BBC iplayer doesn't give much. If the apple tv can rent movies and this can't it'll be a bit pointless.

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