Cracking open the Boxee Box by D-Link
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Definitely should not be for sale at the stage that it's at. Far too may bugs, and unless you have natural night vision, the remote is a total sanity killer (back keys with gray print) .
Not on my list - Thanks for the article. I like to know the components, could be handy if we needed or wanted a teardown. I liked, seeing the cardboard box, of the boxee box. :)
At least four major tech players released new or updated Internet TV set-top boxes in 2010--Apple TV, Boxee Box by D-Link, Google TV Logitech Revue, and Roku Player. Do you already have one of these boxes or is one of them on your 2010 holiday gift list?
Good stuff - great look into this strangely shaped box. I know they were trying to do something interesting, but they made people that just want to stick it somewhere eye bulge. Adding some JQuery AJAX for loading the images would be a really nice contribution to user experience on your site. JQuery or something to load the images in this gallery so the page does not postback every time would be great. Now it is quite a jarring experience. The scroll does not even like to stay in place. Cheers
The Boxee device is new to me. I'm a Patriot Box Office owner. Here is my comparison based on my experience and this article. The Boxee could benefit from an internal HD. The PBO does not come with one, but it's a cinch to install. Not sure how well the Boxee works with network storage, but the PBO works flawlessly with a SAMBA share. Love that Boxee remote. Totally jealous of that. The PBO doesn't stream Internet content on its own, but software such as Tversity and Playon provide this capability and with a lot more channels too. I would like to see the Boxee GUI. The PBO's GUI is its biggest flaw. The new version is much better, but it's still not something Grandma could use. PBO support is excellent. They have active forums with active factory reps. They have an active development staff with regular firmware updates for download. The PBO can be used as-is or be hacked to your heart's desire. It's basically a Linux system inside, so everything from minor tweaks to alternative firmware is possible. That odd shape of the Boxee would drive me nuts. I'd have to figure out some way to hide it. (Just my ODC.) If the Boxee had a way to add more channels (it may) and had at least the option to add an internal drive, I'd be willing to give it a shot.