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.
Boxee's on-again, off-again love affair with Hulu has been one of the more frustrating elements of the otherwise excellent media player, and while we pondered out loud last month that paywall propositions from both companies might lead to a more amicable arrangement, it seems the entertainment industry knives are still out. Earlier this week, Jeff Zucker, President and CEO of NBC, accused Boxee of "illegally taking" Hulu content and that NBC would be "open to negotiations" with the software firm; Boxee have responded by denying that they have done anything illegal, and pointed at the content providers, not Hulu, for insisting on the block.
Mutterings of premium content continue to sweep across the streaming media space, with Hulu the latest to be tipped as preparing to move some of the more popular shows behind a paywall. The news - which suggests Hulu are considering asking a $4.99 per month subscription for older episodes of shows like 30 Rock, Modern Family and House - comes after Boxee announced their own plans to launch premium content over the summer.
Boxee have announced that they intend to add payments support to their media center platform, allowing users to purchase pay-per-view and subscription content from the company's media partners. Expected to roll out over the Summer, the payments system will work in tandem with the existing free content, with media owners able to charge for none, some or all of their offerings.
Now that the Boxee Box by D-Link is officially official, and the NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset is the same, Boxee can finally confirm that yes, they've used the low-power 1080p-capable Tegra T20 chip in their upcoming media streamer. According to a new post on the Boxee blog, the dual-core ARM Cortex A9 CPU means the Boxee Box is capable of Adobe Flash 10.1 decoding, HD streaming and local 1080p playback.
D-Link and Boxee have officially announced their Boxee Box at CES 2010, the set-top box that will deliver streaming media in a more plug-and-play than traditional Boxee installs. What the press release doesn't mention, however, is the clever new remote they've developed, which has a full QWERTY keyboard for easy text-entry.
ARM has confirmed it is in talks with Google regarding running future Google TV hardware on ARM processors, though neither company is talking details at present. Speaking in Taipei this week, ARM president Tudor Brown confirmed the discussions and said that if Google TV is to succeed it needs to use less power and be cheaper, taking a mild sideswipe at rival Intel.