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Boxee Box to ship November 10 to US and Canada

updated 11:15 am EDT, Wed October 20, 2010

Boxee Box ships preorders Nov 10, stores Nov 17

Boxee today locked down ship dates for the Boxee Box. The media hub will ship November 10 for those who've pre-ordered through either Amazon in the US (above) or Best Buy and Future Shop in Canada. A much wider range of online and retail shops should get the Boxee Box on November 17.

Both types of customers have been given an official $229 price, but Boxee has already anticipated a $199 street price that's already in evidence at Amazon and some other stores.

The cube may be one of the most direct competitors to the new Apple TV as it also focuses almost exclusively on streaming, both from local Macs and PCs as well as Internet services. It can view both Flash and HTML5 through a new WebKit browser and also has direct access to common video sources in the form of channels, such as mainstream sources like the MLB and YouTube as well as alternatives like College Humor and Revision3. It also has access to radio streaming and photo services as well as a layer of social networking through Facebook and Twitter.

The remote itself is unique and has a simple touchpad on the front with a QWERTY keyboard on the flip side.

Boxee has gone in the opposite direction of Apple for hardware as well, choosing to switch from ARM to an Atom chip to get 1080p video support while also supporting expansion through its two USB ports. Apple has been content to remain with 720p but also charges half as much for its smaller device.









By Electronista Staff
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  1. JeffHarris

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Oct 1999

    +2

    OK Design

    The box is cute, but not stackable.

    How does one easily physically integrate it with other audio and video components?
    I see, you're not.

    Not exactly a flash of design brilliance.

  1. TylerDurden

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Dec 2001

    -1

    Fu-gly!

    When I'm watching TV, the only thing I want to be looking at is the content on the TV, not some Objet d'art with a bright neon green logo sitting next to it. The Boxee unit seems desperate for attention. I'll be sticking with my almost invisible Apple TV, thankyouverymuch.

  1. coffeetime

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Nov 2006

    +1

    Interesting

    It belongs in the museum of modern sculpture. Not practical shape for home use. How about take some hint from AppleTV design.

  1. _Rick_V_

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Mar 2003

    0

    @ JeffHarris

    Jeff,
    It integrates into your existing audio/video components exactly the same way the AppleTV does, via HDMI.

    HMDI is like USB for the A/V world, and everything has moved to it. If your equipment is old enough not to have HDMI (understandably, most people don't upgrade their A/V equipment nearly as frequently as their computers), you're kinda out of luck. Still This Boxee box has way more expandability than compared to the AppleTV.

    Disclamer-- I have the new AppleTV, and I'm thrilled with it. But, that said, I still recognize the advantages of this Boxee box. Still, given the choice, I still would pick the AppleTV.

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