Boxee Box available for pre-order, November release date

With all of the hype surrounding the impending war of Google TV and Apple TV, there’s an underdog to support that could be exactly what many feature-hungry customers have been waiting for. Boxee, who previously only dealt in open-source software for media servers and media PCs, is releasing a piece of hardware called the Boxee Box. The Boxee Box will be made by D-Link and will feature the Intel Atom CE4100 platform for graphics processing. According to NewTeeVee, this graphics decision was the main reason for a delayed release from its original release date of June 2010; it was supposed to feature the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform, but that chipset was abandoned due to lack of support for certain media formats. Along with the hardware, the software will be upgraded to 1.0, and will be HTML5 capable with webkit-based browsers.

At a $199 price tag, and a severe lack of retail presence compared to its seemingly enormous competition, Boxee will certainly be fighting an uphill battle with this one. However, that’s somewhat par for the course for Boxee. They have fallen as of late to the ever-present pressure from content-providers to limit distribution of content by tightly controlling content outlets like Hulu. Hulu, once a headline feature of Boxee, was pulled from Boxee’s lineup, and the Boxee Box is CEO Avner Ronen’s chance to get back on his feet.

Boxee is relying on D-Link at this point for retail presence. By leveraging the company’s standing in the home networking world, Boxee hopes to penetrate the market where Apple and Google don’t really have a foothold yet. At $199 and featuring a staggering amount of media features, Boxee could could be an attractive buy for consumers this holiday season.

The Boxee Box is available now for preorder at Amazon.com, and will be released in North America in November 2010.

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Not too crazy about the shape, but it is eye-catching. I just recently replaced my old HTPC with a brand-new setup when I finally got an HDTV. I decided to throw Boxee on there since I'd heard some buzz about it and I was pleasantly surprised at how feature-rich it is and the amount of content that is available.

I have cable, so I'm not worried about being able to access mainstream content (and if I was, I could always use Hulu). But the interface is fantastic, easy to use, and I can get all my internet content in one place - TWiT.tv, Revision3, The Escapist, etc.

That is a strange looking shape. Really ugly and not user friendly.
I agree, this is way too late. There are plenty of other set top boxes including the Xbox 360 and PS3 that do the same thing. In the case of the Xbox, it costs the same and does a lot more.

babyHacker said,
That is a strange looking shape. Really ugly and not user friendly.

I think that's the point. If it was just another black box, no one would pay much attention to it. The strange shape makes it stand out.

$200? fat chance i can afford one now. if i comes down in price then maybe. i can see someone trying to mod it to look like a companion cube

Definitely going to get one. I've been waiting for a EU release date and didn't know about the change in chipset.

Xenomorph said,
$200?

Stuff from the other guys cost $75-$100.

Stuff from the other guys won't stream local content Not to mention the keyboard built into remote.

farmeunit said,

Stuff from the other guys won't stream local content Not to mention the keyboard built into remote.

wait what? apple tv most def. streams local content... pretty sure google tv does also.

Boxee is just not good enough, I love the concept, but after multiple tryouts I found that it just plain sucks, and I return to XBMC But love the look of the thing though

CyberDragon777 said,
I always wanted a statue of a Borg cube crashing into my TV-stand.

LOL, you actually made my day with that one

Too expensive compared to other similar products, not to mention the unusual shape that just won't look right in an entertainment system.

roadwarrior said,
Too expensive compared to other similar products, not to mention the unusual shape that just won't look right in an entertainment system.

Agree on price, not on shape. Actually a bit refreshing to see something that isn't a cookie-cutter drone of [nearly] every other piece of home-entertainment equipment. Not too keen on the green though, a different color option would be nice.

I was looking forward to a tegra2 based product.
Oh well, I guess it's time to research the new chipset.
I need something to replace my aging modded xboxes running XBMC.

$199.00? Give me a break. If I didn't already have other options that i use I certainly wouldn't waste that much money. If anything I would probably get a Roku box or something. Hell, you can get one of those for about $60.00

speedstr3789 said,
$199.00? Give me a break. If I didn't already have other options that i use I certainly wouldn't waste that much money. If anything I would probably get a Roku box or something. Hell, you can get one of those for about $60.00

I agree it's overpriced, but Roku won't pull media locally which is where most of my media comes from. Don't know if this does either though. I'm waiting to see about the PopBox or looking at WDTV.

I think I'll pass on this.

I can already view Hulu, YouTube, and others for FREE using either my Blu-ray Player, Xbox, or PlayStation or since my PC is right next to my large screen TV.... I could just plug-in using the PC adopter in the back. Already use my small screen (wide screen) as a monitor & get full HD on it.