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Boxee Streaming Box Coming in 2010

BoxeeBoxHopefully your set-top setup has room for another box, Insiders, because video streaming company Boxee and hardware partner D-Link have pulled back the curtain on a new device. The alliteratively named, 1080p-capable Boxee Box will hit shelves in Q2 of 2010 and will cost around $200. It will let users stream content directly to their televisions from internet services such as Hulu and Netflix.

The futuristic-looking box does not have any internal storage, but does allow content to be stored on SD cards. The Boxee Box comes equipped with wi-fi, ethernet, an HDMI port, two USB ports, an optical digital audio port and the aforementioned SD card slot.

Boxee’s media center software has also gotten a revamp, making it more user-friendly by improving features such as the queue, search and recommendations.
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Boxee CEO Avner Ronen also told Video Business that his company is looking to offer its service on a variety of devices besides the box, including cable boxes and Blu-ray players.

Can you picture one of these boxes in your home come the middle of next year, Insiders?
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Who’s going to win the epic streaming battle that keeps getting hotter and hotter?

[via Video Business and the Los Angeles Times]

13 Responses to “Boxee Streaming Box Coming in 2010”

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    Wesley [visitor]

    Two really quick thoughts on this:
    1) At least they didn’t make it an odd shape. This will fit in my entertainment center easily. *rollseyes*
    2) How long will it stream Hulu before Hulu tells them to stop? And, when Hulu tells them to stop, how many microseconds will pass before they do so?

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    The [visitor]

    The box will run Linux (inside) it looks like, so you won’t be locked into proprietary software that sucks.

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    rb [visitor]

    This is interesting insofar as my mission today was to go look for some vga to svideo adapter which is suppose to cost around $10. I asked someone how can I turn on/play a movie from hulu, etc. on my laptop and have it play/watch on my bigger tv screen. Was told that I have an analog tv with an svideo round port and a vga port on my new laptop so I need this vga to svideo adaptor to do it. Should I save my $10 if what I really need is this $200 box!!! If so, forget it! Will be content watching hulu on my laptop!

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      rb [visitor]

      To let all the doubters know that I got this week from a Sabrent pc to tv converter box/vga to video and s-video/with high resolution video . It was like $18. The video converter box is the size of a deck of cards, comes with a vga plug, av cable, s video cable, usb power supply cable, and user manual. I plugged the vga plug from my laptop to the box, the svideo and av from box to tv, and plug in the power cable. That’s it. I put the laptop on top of my 32inch screen tv and now any movies that I have downloaded on my laptop or movies I watch on hulu, etc play on my tv screen. Basically, anything on my laptop screen is on my tv screen when hooked up to the converter box. Just leave the plugs plugged into the box and tv so only takes about 5 seconds to then plug into laptop when I want to watch movie on the tv. Also, need to press your tvs tv/video button to switch to the video/dvd setting. A lot better than spending $200 on the Boxee box!!!

  4. Member [Join Now]

    When someone adds a PCMCIA slot for my cable card, then we’ll be talking.

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    Jacques [visitor]

    I doubt the $10 contraption will work. You will probably need a VGA converter which is in the $50-100 range depending on how fancy it is…I believe Boxee has freeware that can organize all of your streaming and such for you.

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    Jacques [visitor]

    I am looking at getting a Net-top computer for the sole purpose of hooking it up to my TV.

    • Member [Join Now]

      Just as an FYI, it seems to be easier hooking up a laptop loaded with Windows Vista to your widescreen TV. Vista has the correct drivers for mirroring your laptop screen to the TV. I tried the same thing with a netbook loaded with Wimdows XP and it won’t work without having additional drivers installed. Since our laptop works good, I didn’t bother to investigate whether I could find the correct drivers for XP to mirror your screen to the TV. You may want to keep that in mind when you purchase a netbook for this purpose as many netbooks are loaded with XP (smaller OS footprint).

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    Doug [mouthsmasher-2]

    Although it doesn’t do Hulu, I use my Xbox to stream all of my Netflix content.

    And I agree with some of the other sentiments on this page, that I don’t really need to spend $200 on a streaming box when I can hook my laptop up to my TV. I do think that this could be useful technology if it were cheaply implemented into a DVD/Blu-Ray player.

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    ChadCronin [chadcronin]

    I too never got the excitement about all these expensive boxes to watch stuff on tv. My monitor is large enough and if not I just use an HDMI cord to hook up the computer to the tv. So much cheaper

  9. Member [Join Now]

    I think a lot of people with PCs or laptops will simply choose a lower cost solution already available to them. If someone doesn’t want to mess with a computer or has computer phobia, they may find this device attractive.

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    Linda [visitor]

    Hulu won’t be worth it for much longer. Comcast bought out NBC, NBC is part owner of hulu. Comcast doesn’t want people to get free tv, so they’re working on a plan to make hulu a paid site. You order comcast for your house, and they’ll allow you to watch hulu.