D-Link thinks inside the box

Boxee device offers a range of options including full HD streaming to a TV, and internet browsing
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Networking specialist D-Link has launched the Boxee Box, a home media product that delivers content direct to a television without the need for a PC.

The device allows users to watch movies and TV programmes from the internet, stream content from websites, browse the net and organise and enjoy their own media, all using the device’s qwerty remote control. Users can also download free remote apps for the iPhone, Android and Palm Pre, in addition to the remote.

It is powered by Intel’s Atom CE4100 ‘system-on-a-chip’, designed specially for TV and internet integration. The Intel-based hardware allows Boxee’s open software platform to deliver up to full HD over a wired or wireless-N network.

A huge selection of content and hundreds of apps are available for the Boxee, from providers include the BBC, Last.fm, CNET, CNN, Channel 4, Comedy Central, Facebook, ITV, MTV Music, mySpaceTV, YouTube, Flickr, and Picasa. The device can play most common video, music and photo formats.

According to the vendor, the Boxee Box has a highly intuitive user interface, giving users the option to create a bespoke home screen, categorising all their media on one page. Users can also share anything they’re watching or listening to with friends over social networks such as Facebook or Twitter.

The Boxee Box is available now from Gem Distribution.


Think outside the big box

While various vendors and distributors have been quoted as being politely supportive of Best Buy, in the ?competition is healthy? vein, I?m sure that any independent reseller who finds one of the new mega-stores on the doorstep will be somewhat anxious about the impact this American import will have on their business.