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History Of Boxee: Towards The Future

We’ve reached the final instalment in our History Of Boxee series, because we’re at the point where the Boxee Box is about to be released and it isn’t really history if you’re making predictions about the future rather than writing about what’s already happened. But there a couple of issues we should examine.

History Of Boxee: Keeping It Simple With Hardware

The Boxee software does a grand job of organising digital media and helping you view it and share it with others, and you can install it on plenty of hardware platforms. But what if you don’t want to install it at all?

History Of Boxee: What Makes Boxee Different?

We’ve already established that Boxee is one of the more notable spin-offs from the original XBMC project. What is it that makes it stand out from its parent product and rival media centre software offerings?

History Of Boxee: And Boxee Was Born, Slowly

As we’ve recounted in earlier instalments, XBMC took a long time to hit its full open source, multi-platform glory. But by 2008, not only had it successfully spread across multiple operating systems, it had also inspired a growing clan of daughter projects which took its code and swizzled it for extra effect.

History Of Boxee: XBMC Moves Beyond The Console

The arrival of XBMC on the Xbox was a significant moment in the evolution of home media centres. But the really big shift came when XBMC moved from being a console-only offering to a program that would run on multiple platforms.

History Of Boxee: Starting With A Different Kind Of Box

Come November, you’ll be able to pick up a dedicated Boxee Box for all your streaming media needs for a pleasantly reasonable $299. To celebrate its impending launch, over the next week, we’re going to retrace the origins of Boxee, how it ended up on the Boxee Box and look at what the future might hold for media centres generally. But we have to start at the beginning, and in the beginning was some open source code and a somewhat different kind of box.

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