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For those of you who like Boxee but couldn't be bothered getting the Box for your home theatre setup, D-Link is now offering you the remote that came with it for your Mac or PC. Just to show they care.
As Jason noted in his review, the Boxee Box was a really good local media streamer, but the software was also pretty damn buggy. Well hopefully that will change for the better now that Boxee has issued their first firmware update. Not only does it offer 30 bug fixes, it adds improvements to navigational and sorting elements in the UI.
So it's shipping, and will support Netflix and Hulu Plus before the end of the year, but what's actually inside D-Link's Boxee Box? iFixit found "build quality that rivals Apple's " and "is much more solid than the Logitech Revue".
The D-Link Boxee Box (in addition to Boxee clients for PC and Mac) will offer HD movie rentals when it lands in living rooms in coming weeks, courtesy of a new partnership with Vudu. Vudu's full HD rentals - 1080p, Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 Surround Sound - cost two bucks a pop for two nights of viewing. Not a bad service to add to Boxee's arsenal, not bad at all.
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.
For anyone who pre-ordered the Boxee Box on blind faith that it would one day reach your door: the adorable little set-top box will arrive on the doorstep as early as November 11. Everyone else will have to wait some.
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?
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.
If you've read the site at all over the past week, you'll know that the Boxee Box is coming. But judging from some of the comments, there are still plenty of questions about the media box. Well, here's your chance to ask anything you like about funky little media streaming device.
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.