updated 06:00 pm EDT, Fri July 16, 2010
Boxee says Boxee Box now finished
Boxee's Chief Product Officer Zach Klein today showed the finished version of the Boxee Box in a video demo (below), indicating that it's starting production. The completed version still has the distinctive sinking box design but has a more refined look and feel. Among other changes, the Box now has a much more fingerprint-resistant glossy black finish.
The media hub is intended both as a companion device, for sharing music, photos and video from Macs and Windows PCs on the local network but also as a fully independent set-top box. Among the goals are support for online video services as well as free podcasts and streaming Internet radio from Last.fm, Pandora and others. NVIDIA Tegra hardware is inside and is fast enough to play 1080p video and support hardware-accelerated Flash 10.1 video when ported over.
Boxee hasn't settled on a final price, but it may cost about $200 and is due to ship through D-Link by November. The client software on Linux, Mac and Windows computers should continue to exist in the future.