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5.0 out of 5 stars The last media centre you are going to buy, 26 Nov 2010
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I've had a media centre in the lounge for 8+ years, started with Windows XP Media Centre Edition and tried nearly all the others and finally started using Boxee software. I have been waiting for the Boxee box as my media centre was noisy, not very power efficient, expensive, drivers problems,...etc.

Initially when I heard the price, I thought D-Link are joking and actually decided to buy Western Digital Live HD box but decided to return it after few days as it was extremely limited compared to Boxee. Last week I decided not to waste more time and buy the Boxee box, what a great decision that was.

Pros:
1. It plays back every format under the sun.
2. The remote control is genius, and contrary to what one of the reviewers said it DOES have numbers.
3. The online content is fantastic, and contains live data from BBC iPlayer, Youtube, channel 4 & 5, Engadget, TED and loads more.
4. Open architecture allows additional plugins to be developed so it's future proof (the box already comes with 130 plugins already installed!).
5. Automatically retrieves information about your movies from the internet and puts a nice picture icon of your movies. It also does the same with the music (gets band pictures and info from the internet).
6. It supports Arabic subtitles. I know this doesn't matter to a lot of people but tha fact that it supports Arabic means it will also support all other right-to-left languages like Hebrew,...etc. The box can actually download subtitles from the internet while the movie is playing.
7. Supports MKV with subtitles, chapters and all the other great features.
8. Supports Blu Ray ISO. I haven't tested many features as I don't have many Blu-Ray ISOs but everything worked in the ones I tested.

Cons:
1. As one of the reviews said, some online content is simply a shortcut to a web page that opens in Boxee browser. Some websites are designed and tested to work with major browsers like IE, Firefox,..etc so sometimes they don't work very well with the Boxee browser.
2. As this box has a browser, a mouse would have been a very nice addition as navigating using the keyboard is painful, though possible.

And finally I'm borrowing this quote from Andy C's review: It is probably still a device best suited to the techie crowd but in time as the interface becomes more polished and the online content improves it should be a great device, in fact I suspect this kind of kit will completely take over our home entertainment needs in the coming years.

A major firmware update is coming early December so the box will even get better.
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Initial post: 4 Jan 2011 12:44:08 GMT
R. Khader says:
I have WD HD media player, and happy with it, but I was looking for a media player I can use it to stream tv channels from the Internet and content (Arabic Channels, like Aljazeera)
I am in Netherlands, do you think, it gonna works their or these online content are only in UK

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jan 2011 21:51:13 GMT
I have no idea, sorry!
The Boxee box has a browser that supports flash so it can view web sites with flash content. I can stream movies from some sites like http://www.anakb.com/ and http://www.aflam4me.com/
I hope that helps.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2011 09:51:08 GMT
R. Khader says:
Thanks that's enough for me

Posted on 11 Feb 2011 16:41:34 GMT
Hi

Did you get the update?
Did it improve?

i have the old model of Western Digital TV HD 1080P Media Player, and it works but its so slow.
i was thinking whether to upgrade Western Digital Live HD box.

im curious as to know why you prefer this over the WD?

thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Feb 2011 17:04:40 GMT
It depends on what you want really. If you're happy with the WD's functionality, no need to spend more money.
I have a large collection of videos in different formats and thw WD box doesn't play 80% of them. Boxee plays 99% so it was worth the extra dosh for me.
It's horses for courses.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Feb 2011 17:07:06 GMT
And regarding the updates, two updates have been released so far that fixed loads of issues and added a lot of functionality.
I'm perfectly happy with my Boxee box, exactly what I was waitinf for and worth every penny in my humble opinion.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Feb 2011 17:19:18 GMT
mine would be other way round i can play 90% so on that aspect no needs to change.
what have you gained from this box? that you didnt think you would?

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Feb 2011 17:20:17 GMT
what did they fix and what did you gain?

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Feb 2011 18:05:58 GMT
First of all, if you want to try Boxee, you can download the software and try it on your PC before you buy the box. It works on Windows, MAC, Linux, Apple TV,...etc. The link is here: http://www.boxee.tv/download

1. The box has a browser. This, with the keyboard on the back of the remote control, open the door for endless functions. Basically, you can visit virtually any site that streams videos and watch on your TV, without special support for the site. The box supports BBC iPlayer, YouTube,...etc, but say a new service started today, you can watch it straight away without waiting for the boxee team. One example is here, http://forums.boxee.tv/showthread.php?t=23959, showing how you can add sources to Boxee without waiting for the Boxee team.

2. The latest update added support to Vudu, http://blog.boxee.tv/2010/10/28/vudus-hd-on-demand-movie-service-arrives-on-boxee/, which is a US-only service but surely they'll add more services soon. LoveFilm.com has been already discussed on the forum many times and the Boxee team are already aware there is a big demand for it.

3. Latest update also added IMAX movies: http://forums.boxee.tv/showthread.php?t=28910. Only the light version if now available on Boxee but full version is coming very soon.

4. Justin TV was also a nice addition: http://forums.boxee.tv/showthread.php?t=11416

5. Boxee repositories open the door for endless content: http://dir.fuzzthed.com/

There is something new everyday on Boxee, you'll never be bored. The Box is very open, unlike the WD one.

Release notes for the updates can be found here: http://forums.boxee.tv/showthread.php?t=27718, and here: http://forums.boxee.tv/showthread.php?t=28127.

General info can be found here: http://forums.boxee.tv/forumdisplay.php?f=23

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Feb 2011 18:07:09 GMT
Also have a look here: http://gigaom.com/video/boxee-box-tips/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+newteevee+%28GigaOM%3A+Video%29
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