LAS VEGAS--A year ago, during CES 2010, consumers had a chance to experience D-Link's Boxee Box for the first time. This is a funky online media streamer that can play back digital content, especially videos, from various online sources.
The connection is unclear, but a year later, Iomega today announced a similar product called Iomega TV with Boxee + Storage, which, in addition to being able to stream online content, can also play back from local and network storage devices.
The Iomega TV with Boxee + Storage comes with an internal 3.5-inch hard drive with either 1TB or 2TB capacities, and can also work as a host, meaning it can stream content from its internal storage to other network players. This makes it similar to the WD TV Live Hub. Iomega, however, says that its TV with Boxee + Storage can do a lot more than just stream and host content. It's one of the first HD media players that's also a full-featured NAS server, and supports the company's new Iomega Personal Cloud service.
According to the company, the Iomega TV with Boxee + Storage device is compatible with a variety of online sources, such as Hulu, Fox, FX, Comedy Central, HGTV, and the Cartoon Network. It can also play movies from sites such as Openfilm, Mubi, Indie Movies Online, and EZTakes. It's unclear, however, if it can play back video hosted by YouTube and Netflix, which the WD TV Live Hub can.
The Iomega TV with Boxee + Storage comes with two USB ports to host external storage devices and can play back most, if not all, digital content formats at the full HD resolution of 1080p. It connects to a network via either its Ethernet port or a built-in Wireless-N adapter. Iomega says the device incorporates its Active Folder Technology that enables users to automatically post content to online sites such as Flickr, YouTube, and Facebook. The device connects to a TV via either its HDMI port or component ports.
The Iomega TV with Boxee + Storage is available this month and costs $350 for the 2TB version or $300 for the 1TB version. If you don't care for the internal storage, you can also buy a more compact version, called Iomega TV with Boxee, that has no built-in storage and just two USB ports to host external storage devices, making it very similar to the WD TV Live Plus or the Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex TV. It will cost $230.
Both the Iomega TV with Boxee + Storage and Iomega TV with Boxee come with an advanced remote control that incorporates a QWERTY keyboard for fast user interaction.