D-Link Boxee Cloud DVR

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55
Global
Score
It might work in a pinch, but you wouldn't want to use it regularly.
55

It might work in a pinch, but you wouldn't want to use it regularly.

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Engadget Summary

Boxee wanted to combine their Boxee Box and live TV streaming into one unit to make the ultimate cord cutter's device. Unfortunately, they missed the mark. Whereas the older Boxee Box had over 200 streaming apps, the Boxee Cloud DVR only ships with 12, along with the ability to tune and record over-the-air HDTV broadcasts. The Cloud DVR includes unlimited cloud storage of recorded programs, but they expire after 90 days. And you can only watch 5 hours of your recorded programming each month. If you want to store shows permanently, and watch more than a handful each month, you'll have to pay $10 a month. When live TV channels worked Home Theater Review thought the "live TV experience was good" and Venture Beat found that "cloud DVR recordings looked almost as clear as when they originally aired." Both SmallNetBuilder and Popular Science noted audio issues with crackling and dropouts. Even though getting the Cloud DVR set up was easy, Home Theater Review had issues with the remote, stating the "buttons are almost completely flush with the remote, and there's no backlighting, which made it challenging to use the remote in the dark." Cord cutters looking for a powerful streaming device should skip this and consider one of our current Must-haves, the Roku 3 or Apple TV, though you won't be able to record over-the-air programming. As Home Theater Review states, the Boxee Cloud DVR "is not quite ready for prime time."

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60
 

Video quality

70
 

Design and form factor

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Media support

53
 

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