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- Watch your favorite movies and TV shows with Netflix and Vudu instantly on your HDTV
- Play videos, songs, or pictures from your computer or home network
- Plays any non-DRM video, music, and photos and media from anywhere on the Internet
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- 1-Year Limited Warranty
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|Item Dimensions||4.5 x 4.5 x 4.6 in||1.18 x 3.38 x 0.5 in||2.5 x 3 x 0.6 in||4.5 x 4.5 x 0.7 in||1.6 x 0.8 x 5.5 in||4.61 x 4.88 x 1.63 in|
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We get it – you want to the freedom to watch whatever you want on your TV: Movies, TV Shows, Sports, but also any other video that is available online. You want to do it without having to connect a computer to your TV or use a keyboard and mouse. We’re all over it. The Boxee Box by D-Link: watch, organize, share – you are now in full command of your TV for the first time. No rules, no contracts.
From the Manufacturer
We get it -- you want Internet freedom on your TV, but you want it to be the stuff you actually want to watch in HD and you want to enjoy it from the comfort of your couch. We're all over it-introducing the Boxee Box by D-Link: click, follow, watch -- you are now in full command of your TV for the first time. No rules, no contracts.
Not only is Boxee the best way to watch movies, TV shows and clips from the Internet on your TV, it's the easiest. All you need is a TV with an HDMI input and an Internet connection, and Boxee Box will take care of the rest. Equipped with an SD card slot, two USB ports, an optical digital audio connector, HDMI output, and an 802.11n Wi-Fi-equipped Ethernet port, there isn't much Boxee Box can't plug into.
Stream Your Favorite Flicks in a Flash!
Put your car keys away. And prepare for a serious couch party. Because the Boxee Box is amped and ready for instant streaming from Netflix. Your favorite blockbusters. Timeless classics. Gotta-see TV. Netflix delivers all these and more by the thousands -- with no late fees. And the Boxee Box pipes it all right into your living room -- on demand, with just a few clicks of the remote! With a one month free trial for new members, you'll be able to instantly watch unlimited TV episodes and movies as often as you want, anytime you want. You'll be hooked before you know it!
And this isn't just your everyday Netflix, but the new Netflix 3.0, providing better navigation and movie selection options, along with a cooler interactive experience overall. You'll not only find what you want faster. With Netflix's unique LoLoMo (Lists of Lists of Movies) recommendations, you may discover your next watch-till-you-drop favorite served up on a silver platter. And many titles are available in HD. You are so done with long lines and pricey theater tickets!
Now HD Has a Whole New Meaning
Four words: On-Demand HD Library. It doesn't get any better. With over 3000 HD movies and TV titles to choose from you'll never have to leave your couch again -- except for the occasional popcorn refill. Stream hundreds of new releases the same day they come out on DVD. With the convenience of the VUDU app on the Boxee Box, you'll be on Cloud 9 -- and trust us you're not going to want to come down. The best part? You only pay for what you watch, so kiss those late fees goodbye!
With VUDU you have instant access to the largest HD collection available anywhere, yeah that's big. The bestest part -- movies in HDX. That's the creme de la creme of HD, the True Cinematic Experience -- 1080p and Dolby Digital plus 5.1 surround sound. Watching movies at home just got more exciting. Lean back -- see VUDU in all its amazingness on your HDTV with the click of a button. And sign-up now and enjoy a rental of up to $5.99, on us!
Tailored to Your Couch
The Internet gives you the freedom to watch what you want, and the power to choose what you want to pay for. It's awesome. What's not awesome about the internet: no big screen, no HD, no home theater experience, no easy interface designed to sift through the mountains of TV shows, Movies, and content available online. And the real killer: no remote. If only there was a little box that brought the freedom of the Internet to your HDTV in stunning 1080p, Dolby Surround Sound, and had a slick interface to simplify everything and -- wait for it -- a remote to put it all at the tips of your fingers. Too bad nobody has thought of that yet. Oh wait, we did. Haha! Ahem...
The Boxee Box, by D-Link, featuring our ingenious two-faced remote. Say goodbye to hunting and pecking for letters on screen, the Boxee Box remote comes with a full QWERTY keypad -- as soon as you start typing Boxee Box's autosearch function starts finding.
Use Your iPhone or Android Device as a Remote
We think our two-sided, QWERTY enabled Boxee remote is pretty darn cool, but hey maybe you lose it, or maybe you just like the stuff you already got. No biggie! Use your iPhone or Android-powered device as a remote with the Boxee Box, and get all the cool functions you're accustomed to. Use your voice to search and use multiple phones as remotes. Boom!
via the Boxee Box.
Send to Boxee Box
Watching video on your iPad and want it on the big screen? Send videos straight to your TV via a Boxee Box so everyone in your living room can enjoy. Now you can go back to playing Angry Birds on the iPad while you watch.
Setup? No Biggie!
Plug your Boxee Box into the wall, connect it to your TV's HDMI input and turn your Boxee Box on. Oh, please turn on your TV too, thanks. Make sure your TV is getting the signal from the correct HDMI input -- if it is, you'll see Boxee smiling at you :). Grab the remote and follow the on-screen instructions, and that's it! The Boxee Box will automatically configure your internet connection, tune itself to your home entertainment system, and get you up and running in a flash. Already a Boxee user? Schweeet!! The Boxee Box will automatically import your account. No Biggie!!
Say goodbye to hunting and pecking for letters on screen, the Boxee Box Remote features an easy to-use navigation button on the front and a full QWERTY keyboard for text input on the back. Quickly and easily input URLs and account information. With its Smart Auto search function, as soon as you start typing, Boxee Box starts finding.
See What Your Friends Are Watching
One of the greatest things about the Boxee Box is that if you can't find something to watch, you've got your friends to turn to. Stop watching the same stuff over and over. With the Boxee Box, your friends can see what you've been watching and give fresh recommendations from Facebook, Twitter, and the Boxee network.
And it goes both ways. If its on Boxee and you like it, you can recommend it to anyone -- TV shows, amateur youtube videos, movies, and more. With the Boxee Box, you're pretty much free to be that guy: recommend anything you've ever watched to everyone.
Less Mystery, More Machine. TV on Your Terms.
Never be limited by what you can watch and when. The Boxee Box makes it easy to choose the TV shows you want to watch, and most importantly, the ones you want to pay for. And with over 40,000 TV episodes from your favorite networks instantly available -- that's a lot to choose from. The Office, Family Guy, Entourage, True Blood, and much more.
If we can't find it for free, the Boxee Box will connect you with premium options who can, instantly. Get tons of free stuff, and never pay for the stuff you don't want to watch. Easy.
YouTube on Your Tube
If you can watch it on your computer's web browser you can watch it on the Boxee Box, only better. Our browser is similar to IE or Safari, but optimized to work with a QWERTY remote and your HDTV, seamlessly. University courses, panel discussions, TED Talks, Current TV, Stanford Online, FORA.tv, whatever -- the Boxee Box delivers all your favorite web-videos and web-only content, no matter how obscure they may be, straight to your TV set.
Get Into the Game
Why sit on the sidelines when the Boxee Box offers apps to ring the bell of even the most diehard sports fan? Start by taking a courtside seat with NBA.com. Follow your favorite teams. Watch video highlights and get live game updates. Or check out player stats, and sift through league standings. Big on baseball? If so, MLB.TV is a guaranteed homer. Now you can keep up with every club, and be the hero of the block by hosting all the out-of-market games, live and on demand. As for those who need a good slap shot to send them off, NHL GameCenter LIVE is all that and a bag of peanuts. Watch up to 40 live out-of-market games every week. Plus, get unlimited access to the NHL Vault, featuring condensed and full-length replays of over 100 classic NHL games. If you've been in the bull pen too long, let the Boxee Box put you right in the middle of the action.
Hundreds of Your Favorite Apps, Optimized for Your HDTV
Netflix, Pandora, MLB, NHL, Flickr, Facebook, Vimeo... With Boxee Box, your favorite Apps have been optimized to be enjoyed from the comfort of your couch. We're adding new apps everyday and already have hundreds to choose from. Sit back and put your feet up, because with our remote your favorite Apps are now at the tips of your fingers.
Give Your Wallet a Break
Think about it: your cable bill is probably about $80 or more per month. You get 500 channels -- some are great, most have a ton of commercials, and you only watch a handful of them. The Boxee Box model is simple: Buy the Boxee Box once, and get instant access to all the entertainment the web has to offer, forever. No rules. No contracts. No monthly fees. If we can't find it for free, the Boxee Box connects you with premium options that can, instantly. Man, we should've started doing this years ago.
Say Goodbye to Files and Folders. Say Hello to Boxee.
Not only does the Boxee Box give you access to thousands of TV shows and movies from all over the Internet, it takes your personal video, picture and music files from your hard drive and home network somewhere they've never been -- your HDTV. The Boxee Box works with virtually any file type (MP3, MP4, .jpeg, .avi, .mkv) and makes it easier to sort through than ever. If you can create it, the Boxee Box will play and organize it. Automatically download all relevant artwork and info and simplify all your digital stuff with big, colorful thumbnail photos in a TV-friendly interface you can access with a remote. You're friends will be impressed, or jealous. Probably jealous.
Turn Your TV Into a Jukebox You Can Share
Your MP3 files are organized and simplified and ready to share with your friends, anywhere on the Boxee network. And with our Pandora App, you can create unlimited radio stations by genre, artist, or song you can also share from the comfort of your couch.
The Box Connected
Leave the computer and mouse on your desk. The Boxee Box instantly streams thousands of TV shows and movies from the Internet in glorious Full HD 1080p and Dolby Surround Sound. It's just another in a long line of innovative home networking solutions from D-Link.
Top Customer Reviews
Out of the box, the Boxee Box runs the familiar beta version of the software, which is familiar to me as a prior Boxee user. Everything works fine, from what I tested, though the edges of the screen were cut off a tiny bit (not enough to cause a problem). While exploring all the options, I found that a firmware upgrade to version 1.0 of the Boxee software was available. I installed it, the unit rebooted, and it automatically started a quick-and-simple screen calibration utility. That calibration was useful, because the stock firmware had some overscan problems (that is, the edges of the screen were cut off) on my TV.
Version 1.0 brings with it a new, simplified user interface. I immediately had trouble finding my way around, and was a little disappointed that the experience was different than what I was expecting. My main problem with the new interface is that it now takes several more clicks to access local files (that is, anything on your attached drives or home network). That's my stuff, and that's what I primarily want a video player to be able to play. The old interface allowed you to toggle between your videos, and all available videos, very easily, once you understand where the option is. With the default firmware, after a minute of configuration, I was able to select "Shows" from the home screen and see just my shows. Now, I have to use other, more complex and time-consuming methods to do the same thing, such as "Files > Shows" or "Shows > Files".
The new interface does make it easier to start searches (just start typing), and is very attractive. I just would rather that it allow me to put my videos front-and-center. Networked content is fine, but my own content should have primacy over it. I think that new users will not have a problem with the interface, but experienced users should know that changes are in store for you.
I had no problems streaming SD and 720p HD H.264 and DivX files from my NAS to the Boxee Box via my wireless-N network. Internet videos play well, but some Internet video sources are kludgy. Playing a video on Fancast, for instance, will open a web browser, showing the web page and the video in a small box. You have to use the remote to move the mouse cursor to the tiny "full screen" button and click it to get the video to play full screen. Good luck doing that on the couch, 10-20 feet from the TV! This is a big deal because the new Boxee software puts networked content front-and-center, in the "Most Popular" movies and shows pages. It's wonderful to be able to watch (ad-supported) shows that you haven't paid for, but it's a pain that you have to hunt for the full screen button, which looks different on every website, to do so.
Apps, on the other hand, are fantastic. TED and YouTube work exactly as you would expect, and there are dozens more available. Netflix and Hulu Plus apps have been promised; Boxee is working out the arrangements and hope to have these available by the end of the year (early next year for Hulu Plus). I hope for their sake that they do. Competing devices all support Netflix, and Netflix is, in my opinion, one of the most compelling sources for staming content.
Linking your online Boxee account to Twitter and Facebook seems like overkill at first, but it actually is pretty compelling to be able to watch videos that your friends are sharing. The RSS app is great, too. Through the Boxee website, you can subscribe to a whole bunch of video and audio streams (podcasts). Then, you can launch the RSS app and browse through the stream. It's very nice. I don't bother sharing what I watch on TV with my Facebook friends and Twitter followers, though, but I could if I wanted to. I think that if a large number of people I know used Boxee, this would be a lot more useful.
Another quibble I have with the UI is that "Watch Later" queue shows your most recent additions on top, and you can't sort it. To find the next episode of a series you've been watching from the queue, you have to scroll down. If I'm going to the trouble of queuing videos, doesn't that imply that I want to watch them in order, not in reverse order?
The unique shape of the box is controversial, but it is very small and you should be able to tuck it away somewhere. The remote uses RF, instead of IR, to communicate with the box. Therefore, unlike most (if not all) of your other components, you don't need a line of sight. I actually decided to put the BoxeeBox behind my TV; I can't even see it, but the controller works perfectly fine! The only thing better would be to have Boxee software integrated directly into my TV.
The box is very capable. Until new video formats arrive on scene, I don't see an immediate need for Boxee or D-Link to refresh the hardware. I just hope they continue to improve the software and make the updates available to the Boxee Box.
The hardware is great. The box is small and silent (from across the room at least), the RF remote is fantastic, and the hardware overall is a good value over buying an ATOM/ION nettop and IR remote, and installing Boxee (beta) yourself.
Honestly, Boxee got off on the wrong foot with me for introducing so many changes to its UI at the same time it launched this product. Boxee 1.0 looks great--better than ever, really--but it is so simplified that it now takes extra button presses to get to my own content, and I think that was a bad move. I like the product, though, and will get used to the new interface soon enough.
I still think this is a geeky product that is trying to be usable for non-geeks, and just hasn't gotten all the way there yet. I'm a little disappointed in that, and hope that the software will be updated eventually to make it easier and faster to access both local and online content.
It is difficult for me to rate this product 3 stars, but I think that it just isn't quite up to snuff yet to earn 4 or 5. Some software updates and agreements with content providers could improve the user experience greatly (fix that full screen problem or provide a shortcut, please!). I am eagerly anticipating the Netflix app, and plan to award an additional star once it arrives.
Boxee updated the firmware on Thanksgiving to improve playback issues and stability. This resolved an issue I ran into infrequently (after I wrote my review), in which some local MP4/H.264 files would start playback with sound but no video.
This is an important update to the user interface!
Boxee updated the firmware to allow users to put local content up front in the "Shows" and "Movies" sections (the top-level, giant icons on the home screen), or to allow online content to take precedence. This is accomplished in the least geeky way possible: After updating the firmware, you are simply sked whether you use the box mostly for local or online content. If you pick "local," the main "Shows" and "Movies" sections default to local content, and online content is buried one level deeper in the menus. You can toggle this preference, and refine it independently for Shows, Movies, and Apps, in Settings > General > Menu. Bravo to Boxee for listening to their users and pushing out this change.
The update also added an hourly scan option for your local content folders, and an icon in the "Local Shows" and "Local Movies" screens that allows you to kick off a rescan immediately. Hourly scanning is a huge upgrade from the daily scanning option, and the new location of the rescan command is a lot easier to get to than it used to be (in Settings > File Sources > [Share Name]).
Boxee also added sorting (A-Z, and Newest First) for Shows and Movies, though, sadly, not in the Watch Later queue. There are also new A-Z lists in the Local Shows and Local Movies sections, to help you browse faster.
There still aren't Netflix or Hulu Plus apps, unfortunately. I think the Boxee Box's UI and playback are shaping up incredibly nicely, though. Now they just need to match their competitors' online content choices.
Boxee upgraded the firmware to include Vudu support, a new sort option to ignore (if you want to) "A" and "The" when performing a title sort, and various minor fixes. The browser is now much more readable on the TV, and many more online videos open in full-screen. I also discovered a two-click method to put online videos into full-screen if they don't open that way: [menu] > [middle button] (select the double-arrows icon). Vudu's 1080p online movie rental app offers compelling content and great video quality. The Boxee Box still, desperately, needs Netflix and Hulu Plus to catch up with and overtake the competition. Nonetheless, I'm now convinced that this is the best video streamer for local content, and a quality competitor to Google TV and Roku for online content. Netflix should arrive soon; I will award another star then, because then it would be on par with competitors' feature sets.
After a long wait, and behind schedule (unfortunately), the Netflix app finally arrived on the Boxee Box with this firmware upgrade. The Netflix interface is quick, and the hi-def streaming looks fantastic. Hopefully Hulu Plus will arrive soon.
This thing takes a long time to boot up. Requires to you to sign up for an account so Boxee can spam your inbox. Setting it up for local media play requires some engineering knowledge. Looses credentials left and right. The apps work when they feel like working. But that's just the tip of the iceberg.
It CANNOT play wmv files. Spare yourself some frustration, just don't even try it. If you ty to fast forward a wmv file, the Boxee would lock up for about 2 minutes before it can resume choppy playing. And this is on a gigabit ethernet network. This also happens with some MKV and AVI files. I believe they have the poorest software implementation on the market. How good is a media player that cannot play media files?
There is zero support. Boxee's own online forums are filled with angry users, and there is nobody from the company to take care of them. It's just abandoned, discontinued, filled with bugs. And somehow STILL being sold.
I purchased the MICCA media player and I've never been happier.
My main use of the Boxee Box is playing DVD ISO files stored on a Windows Home Server box in my home office. I keep all of my videos, music and photos on the WHS. These network file folders were so easy to setup and find with Boxee Box. When looking for movies from the Boxee Box menu I can choose just my local video files and they all show up with correct cover art, descriptions, perfect! The ISO files play exactly like the physical DVD, menu navigation, setup, extras, etc. My photo and music folders load just as easily.
The remote... works very well, love the two-sided thing with qwerty keyboard, but like most people say, it is virtually impossible to use or read the keys in anything but a fully lit room. Luckily you almost never need the keyboard side, the navigation and simple buttons on the remote take care of 90% of the needs.
There is a large amount of apps for it including Netflix which works very well and has a good interface. I've been browsing though many of the apps to see what is useful and not. I really need to add apps to favorites or hide apps I don't want. I think there are nearly 200 apps to sort through and it's still quite long even sorting by app categories.
Boxee Box is sitting in my home theater room in the lower level of my house. It's plugged into a Netgear wireless extender/bridge I use for internet connection to my theater components. Two levels apart I've had no wireless or streaming problems, everything is fast and smooth. The Boxee has not locked up at all and no reboots have been needed after the first week. I leave it on all the time and have it set to scan my network media folders once a day to check for any media I may have added to my server.
If you've been waiting it out like I was, now may finally be the time to get one of these. I'd been trying to decide whether to buy or build a home theater pc HTPC with Boxee software or XBMC etc... or buy a cheaper plug & media box like Boxee Box. Glad I took the chance on Boxee Box, MUCH easier and cheaper solution. Everyone has different needs and this fits mine. Thanks!
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