The Boxee Box media streamer undoubtedly has a very unique shape. But as a media-streaming device, it is taking on the likes of the WD Live Hub and the Apple TV. However, while the Apple TV supports limited video formats and will upscale only to 720p HD, the variety of online services on offer, close integration with iTunes and features like the remote app for your iOS meant it still caught the fancy of those who use the online services like Netflix and You Tube.
The WD Live may be good as an upscale device for videos, but has very limited web based services. The ones that we like are Live365 radio and You Tube. Not much beyond that.
Boxee does some of that stuff, but due to geographical limitations, a lot of web-based services aren’t available here. Essentially, if you are buying this, you are going to be providing content to it- either streaming from the PC or via an attached USB storage. We have seen this retailing for around Rs 14000 in the Indian market, which makes this insanely more expensive than the WD Live. Remember, you can get the features of the WD Live, with the extra 1TB storage space in the WD Live Hub for around Rs 11000. However, Boxee is cute!
Here are some pictures and our impressions about this unique looking streaming device.