Boxee, the internet entertainment service, is bringing its TV set-top box to the UK this week. Netflix, Pandora and Major League Baseball have proven popular on its D-Link-manufactured device in the US since its launch last year, allowing owners to watch web TV and their own digital downloads on the big-screen TV set.
Internet content will be arriving on televisions in a multitude of ways at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, with the Popbox getting out ahead of the field as a smarter than average set-top box.
Announced today by Syabas, maker of thePopcorn Hour streaming device for enthusiasts, the Popbox has more mainstream appeal in its looks and features and introduces the concept of internet apps for the TV.
Boxee, the internet entertainment service, has unveiled its first hardware box at a New York event, and it’s not your usual container.
The Boxee Box is an irregular-sided object with minimum video connectivity. It will be made by D-Link, best known for its consumer network routers.
With streaming Netflix movies now available on TV screens through the Xbox, PlayStation 3, Tivo, several Blu-ray players and LG HDTVs, the little Roku set-top box, which became one of the first Netflix streamers 18 months ago, is in need of some differentiation.
That came today with the launch of 10 free channels on the box, which sells for as little as $80.
Pandora radio, Facebook and Flickr photos, FrameChannel feeds, MobileTribe social networking and video from Blip.TV, Mediafly, Motionbox, Revision 3 and TWiT make up the lineup.
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Boxee is breaking out of that box we had put it in and labelled: Upstart Internet TV pioneer unloved by the establishment.
At a San Francisco party on Tuesday night, it announced a partnership with Major League Baseball to offer thousands of games live and on-demand in high-definition.
Despite being invited, there was no one from the cable industry represented on the TV of Tomorrow Show’s Over The Top panel this week – probably because they were outside guarding their lunch, which the panelists seemed bent on eating.
Over The Top refers to a new range of internet-based entertainment and information services being fed into televisions that vault over the top of services being provided by the established cable and satellite players in the US.