This week, D-Link announced that their new Boxee Box will contain the system-on-a-chip Intel® Atom™ CE4100 processor, and though I’m still not entirely sold on it just yet, they are beginning to make me have second thoughts.
The new Boxee brings internet-based video and music apps like Pandora, Netflix, YouTube, CNET and our very own Revision 3 to your high definition TV. It also collects your media libraries into one interface, which I find to be easy to navigate and aesthetically pleasing, and supports full 1080p high-definition (HD) and 5.1 surround sound. It also connects through Facebook and Twitter, so you can follow your friends’ tastes in movies and shows.
In their Monday press release, D-Link claimed that the Intel® Atom™ CE4100 processor boosts performance in graphics and audio and ensures high-definition output, regardless of the source. Perhaps my favorite part about the new Boxee is the cool dual-sided QWERTY remote. Since the days when I used to type in god codes using a video game controller I have detested the onscreen keyboard, and my hatred has continued into adulthood while searching on my television for Netflix shows with a 4 button navigational remote. I can’t stand it, and I’m stoked that Boxee’s remote gives us the QWERTY option.
The Boxee Box comes with 802.11n Wireless and ethernet connectivity, 2 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI and both optical and composite audio outputs. It also has an SD card slot so you can look at your pics without saving them onto an external drive.
The Boxee Box is available for preorder on Amazon for $199 and will deliver in November, but if you’re skeptical about buying a new box without using it, you can download the software for free and try it out. You can also create a user account and begin to build your favorites and friend base, then later import them by logging in.
Like I said, I’m not positive I’ll be getting one, but the temptation is definitely there. I haven’t had cable television for months, and this brings together most of the places where I’m currently getting my media. Add Hulu support, and count me in!
** Update **
Correction to the comments below and the last paragraph… as it turns out, there is a light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to viewing our beloved Hulu on Boxee. Hulu content will be available for access through Boxee’s TV Show Library and later addition, Movie Library. Boxee speaks to both of these on their blog. Though they don’t provide a specific Hulu app, hopefully we’ll be able to see the same content. The content was originally removed due to conflicts with content providers, as described back in early 2009 on Hulu’s blog.