Up and coming streaming box company Boxee isn't content sitting next to your TV. Instead, it's firing up an initiative to get inside your TV by offering an embeddable option to manufacturers.
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Boxee's origins were humble: once a free-to-download media centre app for computers and Apple TVs, the software evolved into a full-blown media streaming box for home theatres, and a powerful one at that (if ultimately flawed). But it was still sequestered from the main TV experience. With Boxee TV, we get one step closer to seamlessly merging the media streaming, channel surfing, and TV hoarding experiences.
Given its start as a little open-source project, Boxee has done very well for itself as a hub for streaming video. Now they want to give users a place to create and share their own video, like Instagram does for photos. But can Cloudee topple Viddy and SocialCam, the early entrants in the video-sharing space?
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.
The Boxee box was a pretty decent streamer, but a big hole was its inability to stream Netflix - something pretty much every other electronic device in the US can do. Now it can.
"I feel really good about Comcast" is not something Roku, Boxee or Google execs would want said by people who've tried out their connected TV products. Nevertheless this past Friday there were five Boston-based families doing just that.
A new update just brought Vudu's collection of HD streaming movies - some 4000 of them in all - to Boxee Boxes. More movies! Never a bad thing. These ones arrive in 1080p with Dolby Digital surround sound, and they'll cost Boxee owners $US2 a pop for two-night rentals. The Boxee team says they're still on track for an update that'll brings Netflix to the set-top box later this month, too. When it rains it pours.
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.