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With most tech-related mergers and acquisitions, there's generally a bit of excitement surrounding the news. But there's also some amount of fretting. In a lot of cases, companies will acquire another and then immediately shut things down. Yahoo recently did this with task-management app Astrid, for example. But in some cases, companies just leave well enough alone. For example, Yahoo's leaving Tumblr as it stood, despite acquiring that company as well. But in the case of Boxee, it looks as if the ill-fated axe will indeed fall. Samsung snapped up Boxee for around $30 million, but those hoping that their Boxee Cloud DVR service would continue humming along will be in for an unfortunate surprise.... Read more...
Boxee has steadily added to its portfolio of streaming hardware and software over the last few years, from its quirky Boxee Box streaming appliance to the Boxee Cloud DVR (which are actually made by D-Link) to software that runs on a number of devices. Now, the company is reportedly being acquired by Samsung. Techcrunch reports that Samsung is paying about $30 million for Boxee and will bring over all 45 or so of Boxee’s employees. Boxee Cloud DVR interface With Boxee and its assets, Samsung has another valuable arrow in its quiver of streaming capabilities. The company already makes Smart TVs that allow users to stream from a number of services, including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and... Read more...
Boxee TV, the current evolution of the intriguing Boxee Box set-top box, looks like a real contender in the anything-but-traditional-pay-TV media consumption market. The box is $99 and offers Internet streaming and built-in apps including Netflix, VUDU, YouTube, Vimeo, and Pandora (with more to come including Spotify, TED, and MLB.TV) in addition to dual tuners for OTA signals and basic cable, and $14.99-per-month unlimited DVR capabilities. The product itself is compelling, but the Boxee folks landed a huge retail ally: Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, which will be selling Boxee TVs in stores (complete with a big display in the electronics section) and online. “We’ve... Read more...
Boxee has yet another device it wants you to know about. It's called Boxee TV, a sort of do-everything set-top box that combines Live TV, Internet apps, and a "first-of-its-kind Cloud DVR" into a single package that costs $99. "With Boxee TV you’ll be able watch live TV broadcasts in beautiful HD from channels like ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS, Univision and many others," Boxee explains. "It works with antennas and unencrypted basic cable that deliver the channels listed above, and has 2 tuners so you can watch one thing… and record another." One of the features Boxee is pushing hard is the device's no-limit DVR functionality. Rather than store recordings on a hard drive, Boxee TV uploads... Read more...
If you're a fan of Boxee, go ahead and say 'howdy' to Cloudee, the set-top box maker's first foray into the world of cloud computing. For the time being, Cloudee is an invite-only cloud party for iPhone and iPod touch users who don't mind playing with beta apps. That stinks if you're an Android user, but if Cloudee proves popular enough, perhaps support for other platforms will follow. So, what exactly is Cloudee anyway? It's a social app that lets you share personal videos with family and friends. "This new iPhone app lets users upload videos to Cloudee, organize them into collections and share them with their family and close friends," Boxee explains. "During the beta period the service is... Read more...
The D-Link Boxee Box just keeps getting better. Shortly after hearing news that USB TV dongle would be en route, here comes more news about even more new features. This time, it's the SlingPlayer app. Unlike any other set-top device, the Boxee Box supports a full web browser, full HD streaming from the Internet, all popular media file formats, and integrated social networking delivering personal recommendations straight to your TV. When connected to a Slingbox SOLO or PRO-HD, the new SlingPlayer app makes it easy to watch TV, change channels, control DVRs and experience home entertainment on TVs connected to a Boxee Box anywhere. Users can control their digital cable box, satellite receiver,... Read more...
For those who already use Boxee to pull content, shows, and movies from the Internet and push them to your TV, the upcoming Boxee Live TV will be a great add-on. In a nutshell, Boxee Live TV complements the existing Boxee service by using an HD antenna dongle connected to your TV to give you live TV shows over network broadcasts for free (minus the cost of the device). The idea is that although the programming you can get from the Internet is increasingly comprehensive and diverse, most people still watch a lot of shows broadcast on the big networks, which is a barrier to “cord-cutting”, or cancelling your cable or satellite subscription. Can you get those channels with your existing... Read more...
Boxee has long since been a favorite amongst HTPC owners, and Spotify has been catching more buzz than a next-gen iPhone over the past few months. Put 'em together, and you're bound to get people talking. And turns out, that's exactly what Boxee and Spotify have accomplished. The two have teamed up "at least," with Boxee being the latest place to procure Spotify integration. Thanks to the custom Boxee app, it’s never been easier for Premium subscribers to enjoy on-demand access to Spotify’s vast music catalogue directly on their TV. D-Link's Boxee Box is of course the primary piece of hardware set to gain from this partnership. Match made in heaven? Let us know your thoughts in comments.... Read more...
Well, the Boxee Box seems to be getting better and better. As the updates continue to fly in, MOG's highly-regarded music streaming service is now being served on D-Link's media streamer. This is the first on-demand music service to bundle music and radio in HD for TVs that the Boxee Box supports. The new app brings 320kbps music to a box that for many is already be hooked to a sound system, and listeners can now enjoy MOG's HQ audio through this new living room offering, featuring a wireless remote keypad for quick searches of MOG's 11.5-million song catalog on a user's connected TV. MOG is available from Boxee's App Library, and the onscreen instructions quickly walk users through connecting... Read more...
Boxee is living proof that software is still capable of being a game-changer. What started out as a contest-winning program has now expanded in way that saw its own media box (D-Link's Boxee Box), and now, its own dedicated iPad app. The Boxee iPad app has been a long time coming. The company has just revealed Boxee for iPad along with the Boxee Media Manager (to stream files from your PC to your iPad), a new bookmarklet to save things from the web to a watch later queue, and a few updates to the Boxee Box. Boxee for iPad gives people one place to discover, watch, and share video from the web and their computers, while the Media Manager is a lightweight app to stream video files from a computer... Read more...
Blackberry developer Research In Motion is reportedly working on a media box that connects to televisions and streams content from Netflix, Youtube, and other nearby media devices. The box, which is code-named the Blackberry Cyclone, is intended to compete with similar products from Apple, Google, and others. The specs for the box, which come from an unnamed source, include HDMI-out, wi-fi connectivity with the ability to interact with other devices on a network, and streaming content from Youtube and Netflix with "more to come." The device supposedly looks like a larger version of the Blackberry Presenter, a BlackBerry smartphone accessory that allows users present Microsoft PowerPoint... Read more...
There's the Apple remote, the Roku remote, and just because you need another remote in your life, the Boxee Remote. As with the Boxee Box, this device is actually built by D-Link, featuring a two-sided design, a full QWERTY keyboard on the rear and seamless integration with the Boxee software. It's compatible with both PC and Mac platforms, and it's primarily aimed at those who have computers hooked to HDTVs in an effort of creating their own HTPC. The keyboard on the rear is a real stand-out feature; some of Samsung's newer televisions ship with a QWERTY-infused remote, but it's still a practice that isn't used nearly enough. At $49.99, it's certainly not inexpensive enough to buy as an afterthought,... Read more...
Boxee is a force, and it's a force that perhaps no one can stop. A bit dramatic? Yes, but anyone who has used the service might just agree. With a Boxee Box already on store shelves, it's time to focus on those who provide their own box, and that's exactly what head-man Avner Ronen is doing. He just announced that PC, Mac and Linux users can look forward to a downloadable software update this fall, which will bring an updated browser, improved playback, and lots more content that are currently available on the Boxee Box. He even admits that he understands the frustration around Boxee software updates. He even goes to great lengths in order to explain that the company has been focused intently... Read more...
Ah, Boxee Box. The little media streaming box that could. The D-Link box, which has officially been on sale for a few months now, has been improved on a fairly regular basis. A ton of new features have been added in recent months, and this month's no different. Version 1.1 of the Boxee Box firmware has just shipped, revamping a lot of stuff under the hood. Things like? Things like support for 16 new languages, bookmark + history in the browser, a revised Movie trailer library, new seek bar for playback of the on-screen display, a new share menu that allows users to choose where messages go, and faster browser / web page loading. There's even support for NFO files, too. Some users of the new firmware,... Read more...
Free flowing bandwidth; it's an enabler. There was a time when no one had cable modems or DSL lines. Remember that? Alright, fair enough, neither do we. Regardless, having a 10Mb+ data connection to your domicile is a thing of beauty, because there's obviously so much you can do with it. The question becomes not so much what the cable or telecom companies tell you, or sell to you, with respect to what you can do with it, but rather what a little imagination, and some optimized hardware and software can do with it. And that's exactly the premise by which service platforms like Roku, Apple TV, Google TV and Boxee were born, though Boxee was a bit of a pioneer in the space with the introduction... Read more...
Free flowing bandwidth; it's an enabler.  There was a time when no one had cable modems or DSL lines. Remember that?  Alright, fair enough, neither do we.  Regardless, having a 10Mb+ data connection to your domicile is a thing of beauty, because there's obviously so much you can do with it.  The question becomes not so much what the cable or telecom companies tell you, or sell to you, with respect to what you can do with it, but rather what a little imagination, and some optimized hardware and software can do with it.  And that's exactly the premise by which service platforms like Roku, Apple TV, Google TV and Boxee were born, though Boxee was a bit of a pioneer... Read more...
In this episode of Two and a Half Geeks Dave Iyaz and Marco discuss the AMD's new Fusion low power processor in new retail-ready products the Boxee Box's latest updates NVIDIA's upcoming Kal-El quad-core Tegra mobile processor for tablets and handsets and OCZ's new blazing fast Vertex 3 Pro SSD. Show Notes: 00:50 - AMD Fusion Hits Retail: Zotac and Gigabyte E-350s 03:44 - NVIDIA Demos Next Generation "Kal-El" Quad-Core Tegra Mobile Processor 06:31 - OCZ Vertex 3 Pro SandForce SF-2000 Based SSD Preview 09:24 - Boxee Box Preview 13:44 - Chillin' Out With The HH Community Sweepstakes!... Read more...
It's been a long time coming! One of the biggest, if not the biggest, requests for the Boxee Box has been the inclusion of Netflix support. The Box has seen some amazing success, but without Netflix, it has lagged behind Roku's boxes and the Apple TV, among others. Finally, after a long wait, the issues have been worked out and support has been added. Avner Ronen, company CEO, had this to say: "We are happy to announce that TV shows and movies streaming instantly from Netflix are now available on the Boxee Box by D-Link in the US and Canada. Netflix support was the most common request we had on our blog comments, forum posts, tweets, etc.  We heard you loud and clear. We were bummed that... Read more...
The Boxee Box is still missing one major piece: Netflix. But that's better than missing two major pieces. Most of the streaming set-top box competition provides access to both Netflix and Vudu, and the latest Boxee Box firmwaer now provides access to the latter. Vudu is yet another movie rental service, but it differs from most by offering higher quality streams. Up to 1080p, in fact. If you've been enjoying your Boxee Box, but have been hoping for a bit more content, the newest update is sure to please. If you've been really on top of these updates, you'll notice that Boxee actually pushed out and then pulled back an update last week. The company took some time to iron out a few issues, and... Read more...
It's a new year, and that means new things for the Boxee Box. Boxee Box owners have been wishing and waiting for Netflix support ever since it went on sale in November of last year, and now the team is providing an official update. Unfortunately, neither Netflix nor VUDU apps were available for the holidays. But there was plenty of other things to keep you occupied, we're sure. But now, Avner Ronen has promised that VUDU will be arriving at some point during the week, and Netflix will be arriving at some point during the month. Boxee is definitely dead-set on providing both of these to users. They clearly see them as crucial to the success of the Boxee Box, and now users are being told that Boxee... Read more...
The Boxee Box, produced by D-Link, has been in the hands of consumers for just over two weeks now. The product was delayed a few times, but now that it's out there, the competition is probably looking at it for a newly set bar. But as with any brand new product, bugs and problems are sure to be present, big or small. Leader Avner Ronen has now posted an update thanking users for using the Box and providing them with bug reports, complaints, praises, feature suggestions, etc. In order to give thanks properly, Boxee is today releasing the Boxee Box's first firmware update. A two-week turnaround is pretty great for something this significant, and this new update promises "numerous bug fixes and... Read more...
It's November 10th. Know what that means? It means that you're over Hump Day, and it also means that the Boxee Box is now shipping in North America. But the fun isn't stopping there. In an unusual move, Boxee has actually chosen the ship date of its Boxee Box launch to unveil a slew of new features that will definitely tempt you into buying one. The only question is this: why not announce these features months ago before you went and purchased a competing product? We aren't saying everyone has already sunk money into a streamer by now, but quite a few probably went out and selected a Roku or Apple TV in the past couple of months. Now, maybe they should have waited. The Boxee Box just gained a... Read more...
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