D-Link’s Boxee Box to hit in 2010 
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Written by Dick Ward   
Tuesday, 08 December 2009

It wasn’t so long ago that we heard about the Boxee Box, a hardware solution that would bring the Boxee streaming service to televisions without the need to set up an HTPC.  Though there’s still a lot to reveal, D-Link and Boxee have put out a few details of the upcoming device.

To start with, the Boxee Box features both an Ethernet port and build in wireless N connectivity.  Streaming is the whole point after all, so being able to connect to the net is top priority.  Audio and video can also be taken from a home PC or an external source connected by one of the two USB adapters.

There are a few options for audio output.  Sound can be sent out through RCA jacks, an optical output or through HDMI.  When it comes to video though, it’s HDMI or nothing.  While it’s surprising that other options aren’t available, it’s safe to say that televisions that accept HDMI are pretty ubiquitous at this point.

Price hasn’t been mentioned specifically, though we do know Boxee’s shooting for a nice low point of entry. Andrew Klippen of Boxee stated that “…we are able to offer consumers an attractive inexpensive solution to bring the Boxee experience directly onto the TV."  
The hardware inside the box is still a mystery too, though we expect to hear more before the mid 2010 release.

Oh, and that picture?  That’s not an artistic shot or any fancy Photoshop job.  The Boxee Box sits, for whatever reason, at an angle that gives the impression that you’re only seeing the tip of the iceberg.  It’s unique, sure, but boy that could be a pain to fit in an entertainment center.







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