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The BoxeeBox offers a way to access the Boxee media-on-demand service without a PC. It uses an Intel CE4110 chipset. The user interface is based on Boxee/XBMC, highly developed, and much superior to all current Media Players. More on-demand services have been added since launch to make Boxee at least equal in this area to other similarly priced players. Format support is good and the player offers full 7.1 audio support. A drawback is the lack of full menus for Blu-Ray ISOs (full menus are now available for DVD ISO), and the lack of remote button for fast-forward or rewind.Official Website Youtube Iomega Boxee WebTV
Avner just announced the abandonment of the BB.
AFAIK this box has no TrueHD and DTS MA passtrought cause of license issues
This thing came out how long ago and they still cant get it right. Epic fail sack the slackers...
The slackers are too busy vacationing and blogging their adventures. WHO CARES!
I don't give a rats A about the staffs antics just get of your fat behinds and do your job properly and give those that paid for these crap boxes a decent working device. Too much time at their desk playing with their phones, oh how typical.
The latest update, "code monkeys", doesn't bring back the ability to internally decode TrueHD to 5.1 channel PCM and is instead limited to 2-channel audio. The reason, according to MediaSmartServer.net, has to do with a change in the licensing agreement between Dolby and D-Link, who manufacturers the Boxee Box.
the FF and RW issue still seems to be a point of controversy. short of actually buying one and holding the remote in my hand, i have yet to find a full and clear description of the problem and/or solution.
It skips ahead/back instead of doubling the speed, merely emulating true FF/RW. Given their lack of a solution, I'm guessing the problem is with the Intel chip's capabilities. It isn't much of a problem for me personally, though, as I prefer skipping ahead or using chapters to true FF or RW anyway.
You cannot actually FF or RW. Can only skip in increments of time, usually 30 sec minimum. That can be annoying if you want to go back 2 sec cause you missed something but have to go back 30 sec. It is pretty close to most Netflix interfaces but with larger minimum increments.
It is not about an extra click to the buttons, which do the same thing.
Also, no back lit remote and proprietary RF commands so you cant use a Harmony etc. This thing is made for in the dark after all.
I see the BBox is listed as having a CE 4110 CPU - I thought it had a 4100 - have I missed something here ??
Excellent box....plays Bluray ripped ISO.
I love my Boxee!!
New firmware available 188.8.131.5236 !
When I connect my USB External Hard Drive to the Boxee, is it possible to access and edit my ext hard drive content wirelessly with my laptop using the same network?
Its not that it has not ff and rw buttons. It is that it does not have those functions at all. It was a small thing at first to me that ended up driving me crazy.
You want to go by 2 sec and you can only skip 30 sec. forward and back.
Also - the specs regarding DVD menu support are incorrect here. This device has full menu support for DVD ISOs, at least for all the dozens of DVDs I've ripped so far.
Blu Ray ISO menu support is 'lite' only, as stated.
What about TrueHD and DTS MA passtrought?
Not listen on tech specs...
as stated in specs here, passes through all HD audio codecs. The main reason i bought one after returning the WDTV Live.
Can someone please explain the RW/FF problem. I would like to buy this but this gives me pause.
Can I at lease skip forward and back?
not sure what all the hubbub is about the ff and fw. I love my Boxee, i can skip forward or back at 30 sec intervals with no delay or spend one extra click for an onscreen ff/rw button.
You cannot actually FF or RW. Can only skip in increments of time. That can be annoying if you want to go back 2 sec cause you missed something but have to go back 30 sec. It is pretty close to most Netfilx interfaces but with larger minimum increments.
It is not about the extra click. You can still only skip in large intervals. For the hard of hearing it is not good. And the lack of back-lit remote option sucks too. You use this thing in the dark.
If you plug in a USB harddrive, can the Boxee act as a NAS as well? What I'd like is to have three of them attached to different TVs in the house, but a harddrive only on one unit that the other two units (and my laptop) would access via Wifi. Is that a reasonable setup?
Try to use corectly the remote pad for rw and ff.
So you really are saying that it has no ff and rw?
And yet it is #1?
I thought that we vote for playing abilities, and not for the looks... (I must admit that it is awesome, though.. )
But IMHO paying so much money for Video on Demand capabilities and a quick jukebox GUI is not worth it...
After a month of using this player I felt the need to mention that the lack of ff and rw has become a major annoyance. As much as I love this thing over all the other players and its amazing features, this one this is driving me crazy, and had become a deal breaker. It is a shame really. I would not have thought it to be a big an issue as it has become. Guess we are so used to it in almost anything that plays media. I cannot image that this oversite was not mwentioned in testing and they just ignored it.
D-Link Boxee Box Adds Vudu, Netflix
By Greg Tarr -- TWICE, 2/14/2011
Fountain Valley, Calif. - D-Link's Boxee Box, an Internet-access device for TV sets, now features support for both Netflix and Vudu streaming-video services, the company said Monday.
The Boxee Box has support for a full web browser, full HD streaming from the Internet, support for popular media file formats, and integrated social networking that delivers personal recommendations a TV set through an HDMI connection.
Boxee Box by D-Link users who are Netflix members can instantly watch thousands of TV shows and movies streaming from Netflix for subscription fees starting at $7.99 per month.
Vudu provides Boxee Box users access to a large selection of HD movies on demand, new releases (same day as DVD) and thousands of standard-definition movies for rentals starting at $2 apiece for two nights.
hello... more up-to-date evaluations of this player? i've already bought (and returned) a NTV-550, so am looking again. the description above says this unit has a fan, which i typically try to avoid. any comments about operational noise?
The Boxee Box is silent. Had it for 3 weeks and didnt know there was a fan. It is not without its annoyances but I agree whit Anton. Best of the bunch , BY FAR, and most likely to get firmware upgrades.
No FF and RW just skipping
No manual scraping
No backlit remote, and RF so no Harmony (you can plug in MCE remote dongle apparantly but not verified by me)
No fanart in UI
No prioritizing local content
No local caching on SD card (still faster than NEO 550 though)
No thumbnail override
Annoying feature of paid content, rather than most used options or local content
Most of the cons are in places that other player dont even have.
After a week with thing I am amazed. It plays EVERYTHING. Real, FLV and windows media 7 and 8!!!!!! INDEO!!!! Nothing plays those. The Jukebox is a little bland but more solid and stable than anything else out there for sure.
Still working on manual scrubbing and it would be nice to have traditional FF and RW. But the thing is FAST FAST FAST. I cant even use my A200 anymore. The Intel really wipes the floor with the competition. You would have to nuts to shell out for a Dune.
The NEO 550 is slow as balls though it has some features I really like, far too PITA for TV shows.
Thumbnail override is possible. Simply download cover art from www.themoviedb.org or use other download cover art.
Copy JPG into your movie folder IE: The Hangover
Rename that JPG image to Folder.jpg
Do this for any of your individual movie folders.
You may need to clear your thumbnail DB and system DB, then do a rescan. I find most of the time rescanning your movie folder will show your downloaded cover art.