updated 09:54 pm EDT, Mon October 8, 2012
More conventional form factor, new remote included in test
Responding to some criticisms of the original device, a new Boxee media streaming receiver is being tested. According to The Verge, the new Boxee TV device manufactured by D-Link combines over-the-air live television through antennas with DVR capability, web apps, and media streaming. The new device boasts a more conventional form factor in an attempt to entice more cord-cutters than the currently estimated 200,000 that own the original unit.
A survey delivered to beta testers of the device hint that users will be able to watch recorded content across devices, likely through the Boxee smartphone and tablet application. Similar network media streaming abilities to the original device are reported. The previous QWERTY-keyboard remote has been removed, with a more conventional streaming box remote, with a four-way directional controller.
The device is not apparently ready for release. According to The Verge, "our source says the software routinely crashes several times a day and that Boxee plans numerous updates down the line to refine the user experience before any public unveiling." [via The Verge]