Boxee Inc., The creator of what was once a free piece of software built on the back bone of XBMC designed to stream and view content on larger viewing platforms, has released an updated version of their D-Link Product the Boxee Box. Far from Boxee’s original roots, which originally had a diy nerd following who wished to hook their computers to their television and have a more enjoyable viewing experience, has shifted to a for-profit business plan teaming up with companies such as D-Link, Lomega, and Viewsonic to create devices and televisions with the Boxee Software on it.
The New Boxee Box strays from the original (released in 2010) design for a more traditional black box look, The controller has ditched the backside keyboard (which was useless in low light anyway) for a matte black finish and a proprietary Netflix and Vudu button (which was featured in later models of the original). Now with a built in TV tuner Boxee boasts that some customers will be able to receive channels such as ABC, CBS, CW, FOX, NBC, PBS, and Univision along with a DVR feature (at a monthly fee). Of course like its competition it sports many Apps like Vudu, Netflix, Youtube, Pandora and many more, but still seems to be lacking some key players such as Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime (both seemed to have been rumored for several years now).
I was unfortunate enough to be an early adopter of the first Boxee Box which was riddled with issues such as loss of internet connection, freezing, and all around slowness. Not to mention if the damn remote battery died you had to go find a watch battery to replace it with. Although the new Boxee Box does look like a major improvement and the $99 dollar price point is very enticing, I don’t believe I will be purchasing a Boxee Box anytime soon. I have since ditched the Boxee for a Roku, which I then ditch for a Playstation 3 (damn Roku had many of the same issues) and it seems to be holding up quite well. But if you are interested you can pick up a Boxee Box at your Local Wal-Mart (also known as hell) or online. If you own one please let us know how it performs!