The Boxee Box by D-Link has been out for over a year now. The initial reviews of this device were poor, but i decided that I should check it out for the sake of the website.
Most of the early problems connected with this device have been corrected. The Netflix application works like a charm and I think that it may be the best implementation next to the Xbox 360’s built in app.
Connecting media via a USB external hard drive or USB Flash media drive could not be easier. It plays nearly any format that you throw at it. It even plays FLV files that can be downloaded from You Tube or other Flash streaming sites. Many devices require you to re-encode media to enable playback, but the Boxee Box team has done an excellent job on including the most popular playback formats.
The other great thing about this device is that it is constantly being updated with tweaks , patches and applications. The seamless integration with Facebook and Twitter is also a plus, but we haven’t gotten around to wanting to post all of our media watching on social media just yet.
The user interface is nice and may just be a little less attractive that the second generation Apple TV. The user interface is easy to navigate and explore. The search capabilities are a nice added touch. The list of apps is impressive and each offer a unique viewing experience.
Considering that you can purchase a Boxee Box for approx. $150 on Amazon or maybe even cheaper locally on Craigslist, I think that it is a real steal. After testing most of the major streaming devices, we would have to say that is the device to select if you are not an Apple fanboy.
Boxee supports the following file types and container formats:
Physical media: CDs, DVDs, Video CDs (including DVD-Video, VCD/SVCD and Audio-CD/CDDA)
Container formats: AVI, MPEG, WMV, ASF, FLV, MKV, MOV, MP4, M4A, AAC, NUT, Ogg, OGM, RealMedia RAM/RM/RV/RA/RMVB, 3gp, VIVO, PVA, NUV, NSV, NSA, FLI, FLC, ISO, and DVR-MS (beta support)
Video codecs: MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 (SP and ASP, including DivX, XviD, 3ivx, DV, H.263), MPEG-4 AVC (H.264, including Nero Digital), HuffYUV, Indeo, MJPEG, RealVideo, QuickTime, Sorenson, WMV, Cinepak.
Audio codecs: AIFF, WAV/WAVE, MP2, MP3, AAC, AACplus, AC3, DTS, ALAC, AMR, FLAC, Monkey’s Audio (APE), RealAudio, SHN, WavPack, MPC/Musepack/Mpeg+, Speex, Vorbis and WMA.
Digital picture/image formats: BMP, JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIFF, MNG, ICO, PCX and Targa/TGA
Subtitle formats: AQTitle, ASS/SSA, CC, JACOsub, MicroDVD, MPsub, OGM, PJS, RT, SMI, SRT, SUB, VOBsub, VPlayer