Archive for the 'Boxee' Category

Boxee sells itself to Samsung, shuts down Cloud DVR

July 10, 2013

Boxee, the Israeli startup that achieved fame first as the developer of an innovative, free, media-streaming software platform, and later through its partnership with D-Link around the iconic Linux-powered Boxee Box device, has been acquired by Samsung. According to reports by Haaretz and the New York Times, the company’s selling price was less than the $28.5 million it raked in from optimistic investors over the past six years.

R.I.P. Boxee Box: 2010-2013

January 27, 2013

[Updated Jul 10, 2013] — When Boxee announced its new Boxee TV product last October, it also stated that the original Boxee Box, which had already ceased being manufactured, would soon transition into “maintenance mode.” Additionally, the company promised one last firmware update, which would “update the Flash player and fix some key bugs.”

New Boxee box: media streaming + live TV + DVR

October 16, 2012

Boxee has announced a second-generation media streaming device. In contrast with the company’s pioneering Boxee Box, the new “Boxee TV” product features a limited set of apps for streaming from the most popular Internet-based sources and local network shares, integrates dual digital TV tuners, and provides a DVR function backed by cloud-based storage and watch-anywhere services.

Apple TV vs Google TV vs Roku vs Boxee vs…

March 7, 2012

[Updated Dec. 28, 2012] — It’s looking like 2012 will go down as a watershed for “cord-cutters” seeking to replace expensive cable TV services with low-cost gadgets that stream movies and TV shows from the Internet via free, subscription, and pay-per-view services. Accordingly, this DeviceGuru “smackdown” pits five popular streaming media player devices against each other, based on their features, functions, specs, and quality of implementation.

Boxee fights to keep basic cable unencrypted

February 8, 2012

Boxee is battling with the U.S. cable industry over the right to keep “basic cable” transmissions unencrypted, so that third-party devices like the Boxee Box can be used in lieu of cable provider-supplied TV set-top-boxes (STBs). Boxee and other opponents of basic cable encryption assert that provider-supplied STBs generally are huge energy wasters, in contrast to more advanced gadgets like the Boxee Box.

Top Boxee Box tips and tricks

February 4, 2012

[Updated Jan 27, 2013] — This post provides tips and tricks for getting the most from your Boxee Box. Things like streaming via AirPlay to your Boxee Box, playing videos and music files from Windows and UPnP network shares, building better bookmarks, adding the free Navi-X online multimedia aggregator, using your Boxee Box as network-attached-storage (NAS), and more.

Review: Boxee Live TV first impressions

January 24, 2012

[Updated Jan 27, 2013] — The moment our Boxee Live TV adapter arrived, we connected it to our Boxee Box and investigated its capabilities. The screenshots below demonstrate Boxee Live TV’s setup, channel editing, watching broadcast HDTV channels, and more.

Boxee Box review and screenshot tour

January 9, 2012

[Updated Jan 27, 2013] — Powered by Boxee’s popular media streaming software platform, D-Link’s DSM-380 Boxee Box delivers movies, show episodes, and other A/V content in numerous formats from Internet sites, LAN shares, and attached media to TVs and audio systems.

Boxee Box screenshot tour

January 8, 2012

[Updated Jan 27, 2013] — This Boxee Box Screenshot Tour was created to accompany our detailed review of the D-Link Boxee Box equipped with updated firmware version 1.5. The tour below includes about 150 screenshots showcasing the Boxee Box’s menu system, extensive suite of multimedia apps, movies and shows selection process, Watch Later feature, and more.

Review: Boxee Box v1.5 beta update

January 7, 2012

Boxee Box users who enjoy staying on the bleeding edge of features and functions can now download and install beta v1.5 firmware on their devices, by following a fairly straightforward procedure.