Boxee BoxWe purchased the Boxee Box months ago now and cancelled our cable. With everything that this little box streams it makes no sense to have cable. It streams so many different channels and tons of content for being in Canada. The picture quality is awesome. And I just love the remote for the Boxee Box. I love that is has a full QWERTY keyboard right on the remote. How cool is that.
Boxee is a media streaming device. It streams:
- Streams thousands of freely available TV shows from various networks' websites
- Plays thousands of add-supported movies and TV episodes, which are freely available for on-demand streaming from numerous web-based providers
- Streams thousands of premium movies and TV episodes from subscription-based or pay-per-view web services, such as Netflix and Vudu
- Plays videos, songs, or pictures from an attached USB drive or from home network shares
- Plays or displays any non-DRM video, audio, and photos from anywhere on the Internet
- Supports a wide range of media formats, including...
- video: MKV, FLV, MTS/MT2S/TS, AVI, DivX MPEG4, XVid MPEG4, MOV, MP4-2, WMV9
- images: JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIF
An SD Card slot, located on the device's side, is barely visible in the photo above. The photo below shows the following I/O and power connections, which are situated on the Boxee Box's rear panel:
- HDMI port
- Optical digital audio (S/PDIF) out
- Stereo analog audio out
- Ethernet RJ-45 connector
- 2 USB 2.0 ports
- AC power input jack
For all of you Canadian users I know one of your questions will be what Channels does Boxee stream. Here is a list of the channels that it streams: CBC, CityTV, Comedy Network, Crunchyroll, CTV, Discovery, Engadget, Food Network, Global, HGTV, History, MTV, Revision 3, Showcase, Slice, Space, Spike TV, TED, Tou TV, TVO, TvTropolis, VICE and YTV. I will say that this is the current list as of today. It changes and more keep being added for instance two days ago MTV was not on this list and it is there today.
It also has more apps that you can imagine currently for Canada it has 183 apps. Some of my personal favourites are: Netflix (this does require an $8 subscription each month), YouTube, Boxee Browser, AccuWeather, VEVO, flickr, CineTrailer, Live Station News, Radio Time, cnet tv, SPEED, ABC 7 News, CBC The National on Demand, The Onion, Khan Academy and so much more way to many to list if you ask me.
I highly recommend the boxee for both streaming online content and from a hard drive.