The Boxee Box from D-Link is a digital media player that bridges the gap between digital media and your HDTV. Supporting 1080p output via HDMI, the oddly-shaped device lets you stream media from your computer or the Internet via 802.11n Wi-Fi or a standard Ethernet interface for playback on your TV. It also features USB 2.0 ports and an SD card slot, making it easy to add local storage.
The Boxee Box supports playback of video, music, and photos. It is capable of playing almost any file, thanks to support for a wide range of container and codec formats. It also lets you play video clips from many popular websites, thanks to a wealth of available modules -- some of which are included with the software, and others which can be downloaded from within the Boxee interface.
The Boxee Box also supports Netflix streaming. If you're already a Netflix subscriber you are undoubtedly familiar with their streaming service. For the uninitiated, you'll be happy to know that Netflix houses a library tens of thousands of titles -- many in HD -- that can be watched instantly over the Internet. The Boxee Box brings these to your HDTV -- allowing you to watch them from the comfort of your favorite armchair or couch. A Netflix subscription is required, of course. But at $7.99 a month, it's not much more than the cost of a venti latte.
Although it isn't available yet, Boxee has pledged to add support for Hulu+. Like Netflix, Hulu+ is a premium service -- it will also cost you about eight dollars each month. Hulu+ gives you access to current episodes of many popular TV shows, as well as older shows, movies, and more.
There are currently a slew of downloadable apps to feed Internet video to the device -- including Funny or Die, College Humor, MTV, Digg, MLB.tv, and others. You'll be able to control all aspects of the device using the included remote control. The remote features standard play back controls as well as a built-in QWERTY keyboard -- making it an excellent choice for searching the web for video.
For some folks, Boxee will provide all of the media that they desire -- making it possible to cut out the monthly cable bill. This isn't limited to fans of scripted TV alone -- baseball fans will be delighted to discover that they can purchase a season-long subscription to the Internet video MLB.tv service and watch it all on an HDTV via the Boxee Box!
1x HDMI (1.3)
1x Optical S/PDIF
1x RCA Stereo
1x 10/100Mbps Ethernet (RJ-45)
2x USB 2.0 (A)
1x MMC/SD/SDHC (32GB Max)
|Wireless||802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz only)|
|Network Protocol||IPV4, ARP, TCP, UDP, ICMP, DHCP Client, DNS Client, DDNS Client, HTTP Server, Samba Client, RTP/RTMP, VPN: PPTP, DLNA 1.5 (DMP)|
Video: Adobe Flash 10.1, FLV/On2 VP6 (FLV/FV4/M4V), H.264 AVC (TS/AVI/MKV/MOV/M2TS/MP4), VC-1 (TS/AVI/MKV/WMV), MPEG-1 (DAT/MPG/MPEG), MPEG-2 (MPG/MPEG/VOB/TS/TP/ISO/IFO), MPEG-4 (MP4/AVI/MOV), DivX 3/4/5/6 (AVI/MKV), Xvid (AVI/MKV), WMV9 (WMV/ASF/DVR-MS)
Audio: MP3, WAV/PCM/LPCM, WMA, AIF/AIFF, AC3/AAC, OGG, FLAC, DTS, Dolby Digital/Dolby True HD
Image: JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIFF
Playlist: M3U, PLS, WPL
Subtitle: SRT, SUB, SSA, SMI, ASS
H.264: 1080p at 30fps, 1080i at 60fps
WMV9/VC-1: 1080p at 30fps, 1080i at 60fps
MPEG4: 1080p at 30fps, 1080i at 60fps
MPEG2: 1080p at 30fps, 1080i at 60fps
|Supported Languages||English, French, German, Italian, Spanish|
|Remote||Two-sided RF remote with 4-way navigation and full QWERTY keypad|
|Electrical Requirements||AC: 100-240VAC|
|Dimensions||4.5 x 4.6 x 4.5" (11.4 x 11.7 x 11.4cm)|