Boxee Box’s set-top box for streaming video content built in collaboration with D-Link, is now available in 33 countries. The device is launching with an impressive array of access to online sources and compatibility with numerous codecs. Boxee has also promised that Netflix and Hulu Plus support would be coming in the very near future.
“Yes. We’re planning to bring Netflix to the Boxee Box before the end of the year.” says Boxee Box’s Andrew Kippen.
Before it was a set-top box, Boxee was a piece of software that you installed on your Mac or PC and then hooked up to your television to stream content. Now the Boxee Box is an easy plug-and-play way for consumers to bring Boxee’s software to their living rooms. The Boxee Box hardware is built on the same Atom-based platform as Google TV, and runs Boxee’s eponymous media center software. Boxee sells for $199, which is more expensive than Apple TV or Roku XD|S but still cheaper than Google TV from Logitech or Sony.
Boxee Box can access a variety of online sources, such as YouTube, Vimeo, and VUDU. It also accesses video content on network websites, including those sites specifically built for a TV interface. The Boxee software uses an app plug-in architecture to add additional content, much like Roku’s “channels” system. The device can also access content from a local network or storage device saved in almost any popular codec.
Now you have access to thousands of movies and shows on Boxee from services such as MUBI, OpenFilm, IndieMoviesOnline, and EZTakes. If you spend more and more time watching videos and TV shows on your computer, then the Boxee Boxx is the best way to watch those programs and movies on your TV screen instead of your smaller computer screens.
Two of the most popular subscription-based services, Netflix and Hulu Plus, will shortly be available on the Boxee Box. Boxee’s Andrew Knippen said that Netflix support should be ready by the end of this year, taking away one advantage of the Apple TV and Roku players. Boxee is working to bring Hulu Plus to the device as well, though no specific timeframe has been given.
Hulu launched its Hulu Plus service earlier this year to free that content from the browser and bring it to HDTVs, set-top boxes, and mobile devices. It has been expanding the service ever since, most recently to Sony Bravia HDTVs and is coming soon to Roku. Hulu Plus will, for the first time, give Boxee officially sanctioned support for Hulu content.
For those that love HD, Boxee Box give you full HD all the way. So if you bought a TV that supports True HD and maybe even set up a surround system, Boxee can put them both into great use. Boxee plays videos in 1080p at 60fps without breaking a sweat and it will pass through 5.1 and 7.1 audio to your receiver.
The Internet has lots of 1080p videos (even YouTube), your new digital camera may also be able to produce 1080p videos. There is no reason to settle for 720p.
Love Social Media?
Connect your Twitter or Facebook account to Boxee and get a feed of funny, thought provoking (well depends on who you follow) videos directly to your TV.
Don’t know what you want to watch?
In Boxee you are always a click away from a search bar that lets you search the Boxee TV Shows, Movies and Apps libraries as well as the entire web for videos. Even better, the Boxee Box will start searching as soon as you start typing. It’s like Google Instant Search for TV.
Keep hearing about HTML5 and it’s Wonders?
Boxee now supports HTML5 apps, which means that if you write an HTML page designed for 10ft it will work on any Boxee and Google TV devices, and hopefully other platforms will embrace this trend rather than try and invent their own platforms, which makes life hard for content owners, developers and ultimately slows down innovation in this space.
NY Times, HBO, Turner, USA Today, Vimeo, YouTube and many others have already created HTML5 Apps. We hope thousands more will follow.
Order Boxee Box Today!
So if you’re looking for a really inexpensive way to watch all your favorite TV shows on TV when you want to watch them, without having to worry about setting a VCR or DVR to record them, go order yourself a Boxee Box from Amazon and explore the freedom TV when you want it.