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Review: Hands on with the Boxee Box

Feb 22, 2011, 20:35 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nathan Willis)

"Everywhere you look these days, there is a new device for sale designed to get music, movies, and entertainment to your TV without the hassle of old-fashioned delivery systems like cable or satellite. So when media-center maker Boxee announced last year that it was adding a Linux-based set-top hardware device to what used to be a software-only product, it took on a decidedly tougher market.

"The Boxee Unboxed

"I'm hopeful it will succeed, not simply because the Boxee Box is slick hardware with an even slicker remote, but because it raises the bar considerably for open source entertainment devices.

"For those unfamiliar, Boxee is a derivative of the XBMC media center — streamlined, with a customized user interface, connected to a "social network" base of other Boxee users, and pre-loaded with scores of Web content feeds."

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