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.
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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
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.
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.