Affordable media box – BOXEE

Recently I purchased a media box called Boxee.

This “media box” connects to any television with HDMI and opens up a wide-range of new features.

These include:

1. Web search – just type on the remote control and search the web!

2. Apps – access to a huge library of applications available such as radio stations and BBC iplayer (UK only)

3. Music streaming – access to your music library that could be sitting on a computer elsewhere in your home

4. Photo streaming – access to your photo library that could be sitting on a computer elsewhere in your home (you can view these on the big television while playing music)

5. Movie / TV Show streaming – access to your digitised movie library that could be sitting on a computer elsewhere in your home. It also gives you access to a variety of movies/tv shows online (often with advertising).

It supports a variety of movie formats – see technical spec at the bottom of this blog.

With movie streaming:
(a) it will summarise your movie collection in production date order or alphabetical order
(b) show you ratings on IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes
(c) access to online trailers and descriptions of the movie
(d) access to a variety of subtitles

Boxee comes with a remote control (see below) which has a complete keyboard making tying relatively easy.

As an affordable solution to modernise your lounge, I highly recommend this. NOTE: you will need to connect Boxee to a storage device to benefit from access to your media. This could be an external USB drive, an external hard disk or access to your computer using a home plug for example.

If you would like further advice on installing one of these devices within your home or office, please contact us on 020-8209 2675 or email us support@friedmanit.co.uk

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Technical Details

Dimensions (LxWxH): 4.5″ x 4.5″ x 4.6″
Language Support: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Network Protocol Support: IPV4, ARP, TCP, UDP, ICMP, DHCP Client, DNS Client, DDNS Client, HTTP Server, Samba Client, RTP/RTMP, VPN: PPTP, DLNA 1.5 (DMP)
Wireless: 802.11n/g/b
Ports: HDMI 1.3, 10/100 Fast Ethernet, 2x USB 2.0, Optical Audio (S/PDIF), Analog Audio (RCA L/R);Memory Card Support: SD, SDHC up to 32GB, MMC
Audio Formats: MP3, WAV/PCM/LPCM, WMA, AIF/AIFF, AC3/AAC, OGG, FLAC, DTS, Dolby Digital/Dolby True HD
Video Formats: Adobe Flash 10.1, FLV/On2 VP6 (FLV/FV4/M4V), H.264 AVC (TS/AVI/MKV/MOV/M2TS/MP4), VC-1 (TS/AVI/MKV/WMV), MPEG-1 (DAT/MPG/MPEG), MPEG-2 (MPG/MPEG/VOB/TS/TP/ISO/IFO), MPEG-4 (MP4/AVI/MOV), DivX 3/4/5/6 (AVI/MKV), Xvid (AVI/MKV), WMV9 (WMV/ASF/DVR-MS)
Image Formats: JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIFF
Playlist Formats: M3U, PLS, WPL
Subtitle Formats: SRT, SUB, SSA, SMI, ASS
Supported Resolutions: H.264: 1080p at 30 fps, 1080i at 60 fps
WMV9/VC-1: 1080p at 30 fps, 1080i at 60 fps
MPEG4: 1080p at 30 fps, 1080i at 60 fps
MPEG2: 1080p at 30 fps, 1080i at 60 fps
Two-Sided RF Remote: with 4-way navigation and full QWERTY keypad

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