Awesome! :) I can't wait.
i think i will be sleeping at that time. so i post my question now...
will it be possible to put xbmc on the boxee box?
yes, users should be able to run XBMC on the Boxee Box. we're not sure about the exact installation process that will be supported, but it is important for us to make sure XBMC runs properly on the Box
awesome news is awesome :)
My only question has to do with international availability and what content partnerships will be made internationally as well.
we're going to start with the US and Canada, but both D-Link and us have received numerous requests for International distribution. D-Link is selling in most developed markets, so it's more a question of content offering in these specific countries.
we hope UK, Australia will come first and then non-English speaking countries.
In regards to eventual international availability, will you be able to buy the box now, and receive your localized software version at a later date?
Or more importantly, does it support PAL tv's in this US/Canada version? Like in a software setting?
yes, it will support PAL, and you'll be able to buy the Box and then get the benefit on an increasing world of content as we bring more local partners on board
I am so fired up about this thing I will be first in line...hopefully real soon-not June. One thing I cannot find a definitive answer for is if it will include Netflix. Anyone know for sure?
Netflix was my big question too. It was my understanding (and I might be wrong) that Netflix streaming didn't work with Boxee installed on Linux (due to lack of Silverlight), and since the Boxee Box was Linux based I was afraid it might not work here either, but I would love to get a definitive answer on this.
Netflix does not work on Linux, due to the lack of availability of Silverlight.
When it comes to the CE devices Netflix is using a different stream, so it will require a different implementation of Netflix, but it is definitely high on our priority list
Glad to hear it, thank you!
Since there is Moonlight for linux with will play back silverlight content and is developed by Novell which is a Microsoft partner, I still don't understand why netflix can't work in linux under Moonlight. I hear that there are some issues with DRM being written in a windows-specific way but wouldn't that also be solved by running it in a WINE emulation layer or something?
I'm not suggesting that you should do this, I am sure you have looked at this option very early, I'm just curious to understand why that doesn't work, since I still, to this day, have never found an explanation for why it doesn't work ... and I'm a curious person :)
@airduce I second these questions.
D-Link is still aiming for less than $200. not sure whether it will mean $199, or less.. :)
When is the release? Can you be more specific than Second Quarter 2010?
we don't have a set date, yet. probably late in the second quarter
How will the Boxee Box work with certain plugins like the Move Networks plugin that does not support Linux?
it will require us to do a CE specific implementation. it will not be a desktop Linux based device. we will have the advantage of using some chip-based codecs and DRM implementations
any plans to have a version of boxee (not the remote) for the iPad?
we are brainstorming about it. lack of Flash is a big issue, since we don't distribute the content on our own, but rather depend on the players used by our partners (most of them Flash based).
but we are looking on how to expand Boxee beyond the TV and I am personally excited about the iPad.
Will the Boxee remote will be available by itself? (For a Mac, for example, rather than getting it with a Boxee Box.)
we don't have a date for the remote, but we're going to try and get it out as soon as we can (even before the Box)
have not finalized the price with D-Link, but we will aim to price it as aggressively as we can
I know you guys are still having a major hassle with Hulu (namely, NBC), but I think most people see Boxee + Hulu as a killer app. Will you open things up so a plugin or app would be able to change the browser string and have the device identify itself as a desktop computer, thus circumventing Hulu's block on Boxee? (I know you prob can't do this yourselves, but you could theoretically leave the door open for others, right?)
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right now the best thing we could do to improve the Hulu experience on Boxee is to improve the Boxee Browser. we are working on it and over the next couple of releases it should see some major improvements that would impact playback from many sources, Hulu included.
ultimately the solution is to figure out a way to have formal partnership with Hulu. maybe once they have a subscription model it will be easier for them to engage with us.
working together we could create a much better experience than the current Browser-based support.
Will I be able to watch anythingthing (Movies, TV Shows, etc.) purchased or rented from the iTunes store on Boxee?
we don't have support for iTunes DRMd videos, since they don't license their DRM.. :(
I heard that we might be able to buy just the remote, for our software Boxee installations. Is that true? Same release date? Ideas on pricing? Thanks.
true, but don't have a date yet.
Will the Boxee Box have a built-In software updater or will it be some sort of update on a flash drive? Thanks for answering my questions!!
it will have a built-in update feature, so it will be very easy to upgrade
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Does it have the codec support or the network-capability to search my NAS and display the media in it's native folder format? or put more simply... Can this device serve as a replacement for my WDTV Live?
What are the (expected) hardware specs in this puppy?
we announced that the Boxee Box by D-Link is based on the Nvidia Tegra2. it is a strong chipset that will enable us to provide a smooth UX as well as play Flash 10.1
Since it's linux, then I can only assume flash 10.1 would not have hardware acceleration support. Do you think the CPU is strong enough to compensate since devices running on 1+GHz ATOM platforms still see a benefit with flash acceleration?
the good thing about using the Nvidia Tegra2 is that it does have accelerated Flash 10.1
Will netflix movies/shows be reintegrated into the movies/tv sections?
we are working with Netflix to enable it
Also, will this box be able to play DVDs/BlueRay, or will the content need to be ripped first and then streamed/copied to the box in order to play it? (Apologies for not googling before asking)
It doesn't have a DVD drive, so nope.
no DVD/BluRay drive. no built-in love for spinning media. maybe as an add-on?
Would be great if I could stream data from Boxee Desktop to the Boxee Box (i.e. pop a DVD in my laptop, load up Boxee, and hit "play on my Box" and voila!)