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Boxee Box Coming Out Next Week, Taking Pre-orders

It’s here–finally. The Boxee Box, manufactured by D-link, is on its way into your home (should you want to fork over the money for it). It’s more expensive than its main competitors, the Apple TV and Google TV, but it still brings your favorite television shows and movies from the internet or your hard drive onto your television, without the computer as a mediator.

We played with this thing at CES, and it was fab back then. The Boxee Box comes with HDMI, optical and RCA stereo audio, WiFi (802.11n), Ethernet, two USB ports, an SD card slot and an RF remote that flips over to reveal a QWERTY keyboard. You can pre-order the device on Amazon for 9.99.


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Boxee Box Now Available for Pre-Order

If you’ve taken the time to consider the new Apple TV and know in your heart of hearts that the diminutive black puck just isn’t your cup of tea, you might be happy to hear that the Boxee Box is now available for pre-order. For those of our readers that have been around for a while now, you’ll know that many of the Mac|Life staff have a whole lotta love for Boxee‘s do-everything media content software solution. With that in mind, we’re also looking forward to seeing what the company can do on the hardware side of things.

From all reports, the Boxee Box is looking pretty darn good. As with its computer-bound precursor, the Boxee Box will be able to play just about any non-DRM protected media you can imagine, as well as content from streaming media providers like Hulu. To ensure that all of that multimedia goodness is consumable without any stutters, stops or buffering comas, the device is now powered by an Intel Atom. Sadly, unlike Boxee‘s free software, the privilege of owning a Boxee Box comes with a 9 price tag attached to it.

There’s little doubt that these things will be a hot commodity in the days to come. To get yours or learn more, navigate to Boxee’s official site right now.

 

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Boxee Ditches Mozilla Gecko, Adopts HTML5 and WebKit

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We’ve got good news for all you Boxee users out there–according to GigaOm, Boxee Lead Apps Developer Rob Spectre says that Boxee’s current integrated browser, which is based on Mozilla Gecko, is going to be replaced by WebKit. The new browser, which will be included in the next major Boxee update, is an attempt to fully utilize HTML5 and should allow users to access even more video content.

As you may know, the current implementation of Mozilla Gecko was Boxee’s slap-dash way to access sites like Hulu, and it was always a little buggy. WebKit, which powers both Apple’s Safari and Google Chrome, should dramatically improve the browsers performance. Spectre contends HTML5 is the future of web browsing on other devices, so “it absolutely should be the future for the browsers you use on your TV.”

The new browser will not only be available as an update to the Boxee app, but also integrated into the new Boxee Box, which ships in November. Whether it will beat Google TV devices from Sony and Logitech, only time will tell.

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Boxee Releases New Beta, Adds Huge Movie Library

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Boxee’s newest beta is out today, and available for download now. For those of you not in the know, Boxee is an all-in-one social media platform for your media needs, and it just got better.

The newest Boxee release adds a fancy new Movie Library, which you can now access by selecting “Movies” from the main screen. With it comes thosands of free movies, from sources EZTakes, Indie Movies Online, MUBI, and OpenFilm. The movies are free, but ad supported. According to Boxee, even more movie sources will be added in the future. You can search for movies to watch now, and queue up films for later, much like Netflix’s Instant Watch, except without the monthly fee.

Boxee admits the new library is a little rough around the edges–for instance, not all movies have artwork yet. But, they wanted to get the new feature out there, and we certainly appreciate it. The update also adds over 100 bug-fixes. So, regardless of whether you’re partial to Boxee, Plex, or Front Row, it looks like this is an update worth checking out!

 

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