Images of the next generation of the Boxee Box have been leaked online – and this time it’s packing a TV tuner and hard drive recorder alongside the ability to run web apps for the likes of Netflix, as well as playing all your downloaded (or ripped) video content.
The images were sent to The Verge by an anonymous tipster, and show a product that eschews the quirky angular design of the Boxee Box for something a little more traditional: a basic (but very compact) black rectangular box. Apparently, D-Link is still the manufacturer.
Around the back there’s a coaxial antenna socket (for the built-in tuner, which the tipster claims is HDTV compatible), plus two USB ports, an Ethernet socket and an HDMI output for your TV or projector. The Ethernet, of course, allows you to connect it to your router for web access, as well as the ability to stream content over your home network. There’s no mention of integrated Wi-Fi.
The remote control, also pictured, looks fairly similar to that on the original Boxee Box, but The Verge says that it’s no longer two-sided – in other words, there’s no QWERTY keypad on the reverse this time. Instead there are a couple of extra function buttons, coloured green and blue. The source reports that these don’t have any functionality in this early version, however.
There are no images of the user interface, but the tipster believes that multiple devices will be supported for playback: install an app on your tablet or smartphone and it’ll be able to act as an extra screen. You’ll also be able to use these as remote controls for the box.
The idea behind the new Boxee Box, at least according to its packaging, is that it allows you to watch more free TV: there’s not as much need for a cable or satellite subscription if you can access all the basic broadcast channels plus Netflix, Vimeo and anything you choose to download. But of course we have to take this all with a pinch of salt, particularly in the UK where we’re unlikely to get the product as early as our US counterparts. But rest assured we’ll keep you posted.