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Is Boxee Wireless?
The 1st article I read about Boxee vompared it to other streaming devices and indicated that Boxee is not wireless. Can that be true???
The Boxee Box has built-in Wi-Fi
There's built-in 802.11N Wi-Fi and it also has an Ethernet port.
Boxee vs WMC
What functionality does Boxee box provide that Windows Media Center does not?
I'm not as familiar with Windows Media Center
But to me, the main appeal of the Boxee Box is the friendly-interface and the ability to access browser-based web video. (Although networks are blocking Boxee Box.) It also doesn't require a separate PC to be running and the remote has a keyboard built-in for text-entry. (Although we had our nitpicks about the remote--see the full review here: http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-media-receivers/d-link-boxee-box/4505-6739_7-33900853.html .)
Is Boxee being blocked at network sites?
It seems that since the networks are blocking their sites we are losing major functionality. It is also making it harder to go cable free:-(.
Boxee Box is being blocked
When I did the review last week, Hulu and a few of TV networks were blocking Boxee Box. It does limit the functionality of the Boxee Box and Google TV products, which are relying on built-in browsers for a lot of content.
What sort of programming is available?
Which was our major issue with Boxee Box when we did the review. Apps like Netflix, Hulu Plus and Vudu are "coming soon", so much of the content is limited to web-centric content. We were able access "Comedy Central" programming and "Conan", although I haven't checked since Viacom started blocking Google TV products.
Support questions ignored.
On 2 occasions I wrote Boxee through their support - both times it generated the so called 'ticket' -over a week and a half now they have ignored both - they are going force folks to return the product. Yes there is potential but this is no way to handle minor issues. Where is the support?
HTPC VS. Boxee
How does a HTPC compare to Boxee. What are the advantages and disadvantages of both
HTPC is more complicated, but gives you more options
In general, you can do more with an HTPC, but it's really for power users. Streaming media boxes like Boxee and Roku make it easy for just about anybody to enjoy streaming media in the living room.
One big advantage HTPCs have is that they are unlikely to ever got blocked from streaming video from major content providers (Hulu, TV networks), which is happening to products like Boxee Box and Google TV.
Does Boxee, or any of the newer devices like it, allow for bypassing cable tv (comcast or the like)?
Potentially, but it's still tough
I've been able to cut my cable subscription using Netflix, Amazon VOD and over-the-air HDTV, but I also don't watch a lot of TV. Boxee Box isn't my first choice for cord cutters because it currently doesn't have Netflix, Hulu Plus or Amazon VOD. You can read about Senior Editor David Katzmaier's recent attempt to cut the cord here: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20023659-1.html
I have a new HP Desktop
Elite series with Windows 7
Home and Office 64 bit;
with Office 2010.
I have triple play with Comcast.
What's the best device for my family to save money yet get close to what we get with triple play? Thanks.
I've cut the cord, here's how I do it
To me, the best combination of services to cut the cord is Netflix, Amazon VOD and over-the-air HDTV. I use a TiVo HD as my over-the-air DVR, Amazon VOD is built into my Panasonic plasma, and I get Netflix with my PS3.
However, you can add Netflix and Amazon VOD cheaply to a home theater with a Roku XDS or Sony SMP-N100. If your TV has a built-in ATSC tuner--and you don't need a DVR--you can get over-the-air programming like that. There's also the Channel Master DVR for over-the-air recording without a monthly fee: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20011472-1.html?tag=mncol;txt
Networked media files
Can it play media files stored on a home network?
One of the current strengths of the Boxee Box is that it has extensive codec support for your own media files stored on a home network.
Is there a product that can send PC video over IP?
If one has WMC and IE8 can we send the video and audio directly to an HDMI input on the TV or AV amp.
I'm not 100% clear on this question
But you can always access web video by connecting a PC with an HDMI output directly to a TV. I've also seen demos of the Veebeam (review coming soon), which basically takes screen captures and sends it to your TV wirelessly.
is there third party software out there to make netflix and hulu available now?
Not that I know of on Boxee Box
Boxee is promising Netflix by the end of the year. Perhaps it's possible to hack a Boxee Box to play Netflix and Hulu, but I'm not aware of it.
Boxee vs Boxee software
What are the advantages of using the Boxee box over using a computer running the Boxee software on a PC that is connected to the TV?
I haven't used Boxee software running on a PC, but the idea with Boxee Box is that you don't need to do any additional configuration to get it working. Buy the box, connect it to the TV and you're ready to go--you also get the unique remote. You can probably build a more powerful machine if you roll-your-own, but again, that's going to be for power users.
I think that the Revue has more feature and functionality using Google TV, is that correct?
What limitations are on the Boxee Box compared to Boxee on my Acer Aspire Revo Net Top. Does it play video better than that or worse? Thank you For your time!
I haven't used the Acer Aspire Revo Net Top myself
But Rich Brown did a full review: (http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/acer-aspire-revo-ar1600/4505-3118_7-33777218.html)
I'd say it's biggest advantage is that I don't see anyway that TV networks can block the Acer from streaming video, since it's essentially identical to a PC. The disadvantage is it likely doesn't have as user-friendly of an interface as the Boxee Box.
Which box do you prefer for watching RSS podcasts from sites like CNET TV and Revision3? I currently use Boxee on Acer Revo. Is this the best way to do it?