Boxee's CES 2011 plans aren't just limited to the new Iomega TV; the company also has software and content provider news for the show. The company has announced that CBS has been brought on board to provide premium content, while VUDU's 3D movies will be available on the PC, Mac and - when VUDU finally makes its imminent arrival on the standalone STB - on the Boxee Box.
Boxee has announced its second hardware partner, Iomega, who will be following the Boxee Box by D-Link with the Iomega TV with Boxee. Unlike the D-Link version, the Iomega TV will have an optional integrated hard-drive; Boxee describes the STB as "a NAS running the Boxee software."
D-Link's latest two-bay NAS has arrived, in the shape of the D-Link ShareCenter Pulse. The first product from the company's fledgling consumer-centric refresh, with the DNS-320 packing a pair of 3.5-inch SATA hard-drive bays, UPnP media streaming, iTunes server functionality, standalone BitTorrent downloads and various power management systems that D-Link reckons make the ShareCenter Pulse relatively green.
They include hard-drive hibernation and "Green Ethernet", which intelligently controls networking power consumption based on the state of your cabling, together with a smart fan that automatically adjusts according to temperature. You can also schedule fixed downtime, turning the NAS off when you won't be needing it, and use it with Apple's Time Machine backup.
Boxee has pushed out the first firmware update for the Boxee Box by D-Link, v188.8.131.5219. The full changelist is after the cut, but highlights include the addition of .mkv with header compression support together with WiFi fixes, networking sharing fixes and smoother Blu-ray content playback. Although the Boxee Box automatically checks for updates daily, it's also possible to prompt an update via the settings menu.
The Boxee Box by D-Link is shipping, and it's played right into iFixit's destructive hands. Inside it's an admirable mixture of easily-unscrewed components and a vast heatsink keeping Intel's Atom CE4110 SoC cool.
Boxee and VUDU have announced a partnership that will see the former's media platform - including the upcoming Boxee Box by D-Link - gain access to pay-per-view titles from the latter's catalog. Up to 1080p Full HD content will be supported, together with Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound.
Bad news for NVIDIA, whose Tegra 2 chipset has been dropped by D-Link and Boxee for the upcoming Boxee Box by D-Link. According to Boxee's Avner Ronen, despite NVIDIA's hype the Tegra 2 chipset couldn't cope with H.264 HD video as it was able to with high-profile VC-1, and as such they replaced it with Intel's Atom CE4100. Boxee has partnered with Amazon and Best Buy to kick off preorders of the now $229 Boxee Box later on today.
Update: Boxee has been in touch to let us know that, while the MRSP of the Boxee Box will be $229, it'll be up for preorder - and have a street price - of $199.
It's been a long time since we heard anything about the D-Link built Boxee Box, but we're willing to say that it was worth the wait to hear good news such as this. The Box is still primed to launch some time in November, for the same price of $199. The change comes more in the software: the new Box will feature a Webkit Browser, and thanks to some choice words from Rob Spectre, it looks like they're going to make a hard push for HTML5.
It just gets more and more frustrating: the Boxee Box by D-Link may be delayed until November 2010, but the company keeps adding alluring features that only make us want the standalone media-player all the more. Latest to taunt our home entertainment appetites is RoxioNow support, courtesy of a collaboration with Sonic Solutions, that should see Boxee users able to access premium content.
Boxee have announced that their promised paid-content upgrade will be arriving in July or August 2010, now that they've settled on payment partner Vindicia. Interestingly, while the system will debut on Boxee's current TV platform, the company highlights Vindicia's cross-platform compatibility and say they will "eventually" expand to mobile platforms like the iPhone, Android and iPad.