Boxee has admitted their its plans to launch the Boxee Box by D-Link - the standalone Tegra 2 based media player demonstrated back at CES 2010 - were "overly ambitious", and that they will indeed miss their Q2 2010 launch window. Instead, the Boxee Box will make its retail debut in November across the US and Canada.
Boxee have already developed something of a cult following with the software incarnation of their media player, and with the unveil at CES 2010 of the standalone Boxee Box by D-Link we've a feeling they're about to go mainstream. We stopped by to check out the latest version of Boxee, together with the Tegra 2 packing hardware D-Link have put together for it; you can see our hands on video after the cut.
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.
It's not just the new Boxee Beta that the company is excited about. Having confirmed last month that they were working with hardware partners to deliver a pre-built Boxee set-top box, the company has announced that the first unit will be from D-Link. The D-Link Boxee Box - shown here in render form - is expected to arrive in Q2 2010, and will have integrated WiFi together with an HDMI output.
Boxee has long been the darling of the homebrew DVR crowd, turning the Apple TV into a far more capable - and less iTunes-centric - media system and brightening DIY HTPCs no end. Now the company has announced its plans for an off-the-shelf Boxee Box, which will deliver the same sort of experience but without the need to build it youself.
In what maybe one of the biggest yet at the same time least publicized hacking incidents, the forums of Boxee.tv has been hacked and the fruits of those efforts have been publicized. The security breach yielded information about 158,128 users, including data that can be used to possibly comprise the users' other accounts.
Samsung-acquired Boxee will shut down its Cloudee video sharing service, the company has confirmed to users, giving them until the end of the month to download any content remaining. Cloudee, which launched publicly in late 2012, was Boxee's take on semi-private video sharing; however, GigaOm reports, Boxee now says the company can't see a place for Cloudee to fit into its new Samsung roadmap.
If you were wondering if Samsung actually did acquire Boxee in all its glory, wonder no more: confirmation is at hand. In a email note sent to the press this afternoon, Samsung has made it clear that they have indeed moved in on Boxee and will be bringing their technology and innovations in for their own connected device suite.