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Boxee Beta, D-Link Boxee Box unveiled [U]

updated 09:40 pm EST, Mon December 7, 2009

Boxee Box arrives ahead of CES

(Update with pricing) Boxee tonight revealed both the beta version of its software as well as Boxee Box, its first hardware dedicated to its custom TV interface. Both the device and independent software have a newly updated version of the front-end with a much more visual layout that focuses on the menu, the active media queue and a social networking feed for friends, Facebook and Twitter. While it's still available for Macs and 32-bit Linux PCs, the beta is also freshly optimized for Windows and uses DirectX on that platform as well as Flash 10.1 that gives it hardware acceleration of Flash video using modern NVIDIA graphics.

Three new Boxee apps have been added for all platforms, including Escapist and its shows like Zero Punctuation, Suicide Girls and TV Guide to the Web.

The Boxee Box loads directly to the interface and has a unique "sunken cube" design; every feature remains intact, including access to Apple's movie trailers, TV websites like ABC or CBS, and similar services. It connects to the Internet through 802.11n Wi-Fi or Ethernet and can take expansion through either an SD card slot on the front or two USB ports on the back. HDMI is its only video output, but owners can pick either SPDIF optical or RCA analog for audio output.

A definite release window hasn't been given for the beta, but the Boxee Box should be unveiled by D-Link at CES and should ship sometime during the spring with a price estimated at about $200.















By Electronista Staff
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  1. MyRightEye

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Apr 2008

    -4

    If that has a Hard Drive in it...

    It had better be sitting flat. I recover drives all day long, and a lot failures occur when a drive is not horizontal or vertical, but in some weird angle. Hence the high failure rate in iMacs.

  1. coffeetime

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Nov 2006

    +1

    fine art

    This thing belongs in Museum of Modern Art. I can't seem to envision how this thing will fit with the rest of electronic components inside an entertainment center. If I want to decorate my room, I would get a separate sculpture just for that. But this? No thanks. Using Mini Mac is less embarrassing.

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