D-Link Boxee Box Shown Off on Video

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Boxee, the spunky little startup designed to bring the social web and streaming videos straight to users’ HDTVs, has just shown off what they promise is the production level hardware for the hotly-anticipated device.

The new quirkily-angled device still sits inside of the entertainment center like a semi-sunken cube. Boxee is hoping that the device will be shipping to retail in late October or early November.  Inside of the Box is a dual-core ARM A9 low-power CPU as well as graphics chips supplied by NVIDIA.  Together, the CPU and GPU comprise NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 platform.

Boxee claims that the device will be able to play back 1080p video, both stored locally and streamed in various flavors of HD from across the Internet. That includes, interestingly enough, Flash content. There’s also 802.11n wireless networking via a Broadcom chip, so users don’t have to worry about stringing an Ethernet cable along their living rooms. 

The Boxee Box will come with a small but functional RF remote control. On the front of the remote control is a four-way D-pad with an OK button in the middle. On the rear is a full QWERTY keyboard, similar to that found on a high-end mobile phone.

Neither Boxee or D-Link have disclosed any sort of pricing for the Boxee Box, but the omission of items like a hard drive or IR receiver were made in order to keep the pricing down. It’s expected to come in under $200.




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