Thursday, December 10, 2009

Boxee Announces Boxee Beta and a New Box

Posted By on Thu, Dec 10, 2009 at 10:03 AM

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Boxee has been a favorite by many because it's not tied to a specific content provider. Here is a quick review of what Boxee does: Boxee will let you browse content from any Internet video provider like CNN, Netflix, Blip.tv, YouTube etc. (unless they block them like Hulu did, famously last summer.) From the beginning Boxee not only lets you browse content online but also any movies, music and photos that are stored on your computer. It also includes social features like allowing you to friend other Boxee users and share favorites and recommend content to them.
click to enlarge Screenshot of the new Boxee Beta (click for larger view)
  • Screenshot of the new Boxee Beta (click for larger view)
click to enlarge The front of the new Boxee Box (click for larger view)
  • The front of the new Boxee Box (click for larger view)
click to enlarge Rear view of the new Boxee Box (click for larger view)
  • Rear view of the new Boxee Box (click for larger view)
​Boxee's new hardware, called the Boxee Box which was also unveiled this week, is a unique looking component designed to allow you to use Boxee on your TV without a computer. It has connections for HDMI, WiFi, optical audio, ethernet, RCA Audio, USB Ports, SD Cart Slot and an RF Remote. It's just the latest set-top box to help you get Internet distributed video on to your TV and it's not likely to be the last.

There's also Apple TV that officially only plays free or purchased content from iTunes (Apple TV can be hacked to run Boxee, too) and the Roku Box released last year that provides content from Netflix, Amazon, and Pandora. Boxee says their box will be available sometime next year. 

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