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D-Link Boxee Box DSM-380 Wireless HD Media Player @ £149.99 (with £10 off £100 spend voucher FDAY2011- poss 3% quidco also)

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NOTE YOU NEED TO APPLY £10 OFF £100 SPEND VOUCHER FDAY2011 TO GET THIS PRICE. possible quidco @ 3% too. (Code expires Sun 19th June) Cheapest by £6.40 without code, the additional tenner off make… Read More
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Cheapest by £6.40 without code, the additional tenner off makes this the cheapest new Boxee Box in the UK by £16.40; had I not scored one of the Ebuyer £99 emachine net-tops this would have been my first choice media player (I'm still envious of the Boxee remote control mind you).

Ideal for those that don't want to faff around with linux, and after coaxing/shouting at my revo & emachine for various setup problems I can understand why...

Kikatec £166.39
Ebuyer £181.92
Amazon £184.98
Play £189.99

Boxee is the best way to enjoy entertainment from the Internet or a computer on a TV.
Their free, open source, downloadable software for Mac, Linux and Windows brings all your entertainment into one place - whether it's from the Internet or from your hard drive or home network.
Plus, they overlay everything with a heaping helping of social by letting you share what you're playing with friends on Boxee, Twitter, and Facebook.

The Boxee Box by D-Link takes the same popular software and offers it up as a great device -- the perfect companion to a high definition TV.
The Boxee Box by D-Link provides access to more than just traditional TV content.
It includes a huge library that spans the Internet, such as university courses, panel discussions, academic lectures, presentations, web-only videos and more from TED, Stanford, FORA.tv, Kid Mango, Next New Networks and more.
Boxee also makes it easy for users to add their own favorite entertainment sources with simple RSS or XML feeds available for most online video.

In addition to video content, Boxee users can access great music from sites like Pandora, last.fm, shoutcast, and We are Hunted as well as fun photos from sites like flickr, Picasa and the Facebook.

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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#1
Really good price for good device. heat added
#2
The remote...
http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/electronics/d-link/dlink-boxee_remote-glamor-sm.jpg
*drools*
#3
People still talking about a lot of bugs, still seems a lot for what it is.

If it had full internet then maybe, but its just a media player with a Nice GUI
#4
Lots of issues with this and for the price there's more capable machines, so until the bugs are gone its way over priced so cold you can pick up a revo or similar for the same sort of price and run XBMC and it will play everything you throw at it and will have all the catch up services aswell as being a decent computer for everyday tasks.
#5
Not read up on any of that, so couldn't comment, though I believe they are quite prompt with updates.

Still...I've yet to find it cheaper elsewhere if you have your heart set on a Boxee box.

Bear in mind most XBMC based clients (XBMC/Plex/Boxee) don't have 'full' internet access either...

just a media player with a Nice GUI
Hardly, AFAIK media streamers don't do library stuff such as plot, cover art, fan art etc. This is incredibly important for some people.


Edited By: northernlights on Jun 11, 2011 08:32: .
#6
all the catch up services as well as being a decent computer for everyday tasks.


Really? I have a 4GB 3610 revo & it struggles with full-screen flash content in Ubuntu, Xbuntu etc

You must have an updated revo or what witchcraft/distro did you use to get 4oD smooth when played full screen?

Not so sure about the decent computer part either, what I've found with the revo is that it's a jack of all trades, master of none (except XBMC perhaps). Remember some don't want to shell out ~£150 for a crash course in linux.

I'm interested in these bugs though, I've looked on the support site & I can't find any 'show-stoppers' ie things that would stop me buying the boxee, some minor annoyances yes, but ALL streamers/media players have this issue at some point in their life cycle in my experience.

I try not to post deals I wouldn't buy myself so I'm curious as to what the bugs are; given they seem to drop firmware updates faily regularly & the whole point (for me) was that it was a fork of XBMC, therefore the updates should continue rolling out even when the device is legacy...

PS Revo for £150? Where?? My mate is looking for a linux one...

Edited By: northernlights on Jun 11, 2011 08:36: .
#7
northernlights
Not read up on any of that, so couldn't comment, though I believe they are quite prompt with updates.

Still...I've yet to find it cheaper elsewhere if you have your heart set on a Boxee box.

Bear in mind most XBMC based clients (XBMC/Plex/Boxee) don't have 'full' internet access either... & media streamers don't do library stuff such as plot, coverart, fan art etc.


You can install custom firmware on the 68.00 WD TV LIVE and have movie sheets, and looks as good as the Boxee, and no real issues with this, if this was 100.00, I might think about it, but on the Boxee forum there is still a lot of complaints.
Viewsonic is getting a box with full internet and runs boxee which is coming out in a month or two, it looks real nice.
#8
Shame it doesn't do DTS-HD MA or Bluray ISO. I am considering a Dune 3.0 which does it all.
#9
canada16
northernlights
Not read up on any of that, so couldn't comment, though I believe they are quite prompt with updates.

Still...I've yet to find it cheaper elsewhere if you have your heart set on a Boxee box.

Bear in mind most XBMC based clients (XBMC/Plex/Boxee) don't have 'full' internet access either... & media streamers don't do library stuff such as plot, coverart, fan art etc.


You can install custom firmware on the 68.00 WD TV LIVE and have movie sheets, and looks as good as the Boxee, and no real issues with this, if this was 100.00, I might think about it, but on the Boxee forum there is still a lot of complaints.
Viewsonic is getting a box with full internet and runs boxee which is coming out in a month or two, it looks real nice.


Movie sheets didn't work too well for me even though they were under the max file size, some worked and some didnt, mostly didn't. The custom firmware doesn't power down the hard drives either so I had to resort back to the official firmware.
1 Like #10
Yes but the point being missed is this:

Revo:
Buy Revo
Choose alternate distro
Make Linux work (SSH etc)
Install XBMC
Make all XBMC features work, remote, skins, boot into XBMC automatically etc
(in case of emachines: blacklist wifi driver)
Suppress annoying SMB bus errors on boot
(1hr later if familiar with linux, up to 2 days if not)

Profit?

Media streamer:
Choose official or unofficial firmware & what features you can live without.
No official support if you go unofficial.

Profit?

Boxee Box:
Unbox
Plug in (possibly update)
Hook up media sources ie network & usb drives

Profit!

Boxee forum there is still a lot of complaints.
Again I'm hearing this. Again I'll state my curiosity as I fully intended on buying one at launch, but for a lack of financials at the time I'd have had one. Had I not had the emachine I'd have bought this. I may even sell that little black box of hate yet...hence the repeated requests for showstoppers...

One thing I will say, the users posting to HUKD who have a Boxee love it as far as I can tell, whilst people that don't think it's rubbish.

Who should I trust, the people who have read about it & think there's better out there, or the people that have one, but may be blind to any shortfalls it may have as they have spent money on it...who to believe *ponders*

Yes there are forums with people complaining, but then what device doesn't? (I blame the internet echo chamber effect), but as of looking last night/today, I didn't see any show stoppers that would prevent me purchasing it. Much like the Revo or WD/AC Ryan/Popcorn Hour units.

Ta for the heads up about the Viewsonic though, will take a look tonight when I get up.


Edited By: northernlights on Jun 11, 2011 09:11: .
1 Like #11
northernlights
all the catch up services as well as being a decent computer for everyday tasks.


Really? I have a 4GB 3610 revo & it struggles with full-screen flash content in Ubuntu, Xbuntu etc

You must have an updated revo or what witchcraft/distro did you use to get 4oD smooth when played full screen?

Not so sure about the decent computer part either, what I've found with the revo is that it's a jack of all trades, master of none (except XBMC perhaps). Remember some don't want to shell out ~£150 for a crash course in linux.

I'm interested in these bugs though, I've looked on the support site & I can't find any 'show-stoppers' ie things that would stop me buying the boxee, some minor annoyances yes, but ALL streamers/media players have this issue at some point in their life cycle in my experience.

I try not to post deals I wouldn't buy myself so I'm curious as to what the bugs are; given they seem to drop firmware updates faily regularly & the whole point (for me) was that it was a fork of XBMC, therefore the updates should continue rolling out even when the device is legacy...

PS Revo for £150? Where?? My mate is looking for a linux one...

You should pop over to the Ebuyer emachines thread, guys are running all this on a single core machine with 2 gig of memory and only using 4% of the vcpu to play back 1080p Avatar
#12
I have had one for months now and had no problems with it. none of the so called bugs have effected my use of it. It does play bluray iso (albeit without the menu) and even 3D films. Don't forget it also has wireless N which most other cheap media players dont have.

The box does everything i need it to do and more. Each quarterly release they do they not only fix bugs but they enhance everything else thats there so it will only get better n better.

Hot deal from me, I got mine for £170 due to staff discount at tesco, plus it looks cool in my lounge under the tv ;-)
#13
northernlights
all the catch up services as well as being a decent computer for everyday tasks.


Really? I have a 4GB 3610 revo & it struggles with full-screen flash content in Ubuntu, Xbuntu etc

You must have an updated revo or what witchcraft/distro did you use to get 4oD smooth when played full screen?

Not so sure about the decent computer part either, what I've found with the revo is that it's a jack of all trades, master of none (except XBMC perhaps). Remember some don't want to shell out ~£150 for a crash course in linux.

I'm interested in these bugs though, I've looked on the support site & I can't find any 'show-stoppers' ie things that would stop me buying the boxee, some minor annoyances yes, but ALL streamers/media players have this issue at some point in their life cycle in my experience.

I try not to post deals I wouldn't buy myself so I'm curious as to what the bugs are; given they seem to drop firmware updates faily regularly & the whole point (for me) was that it was a fork of XBMC, therefore the updates should continue rolling out even when the device is legacy...

PS Revo for £150? Where?? My mate is looking for a linux one...


3610 with vdpau enabled will do 1080p no problem
#14
The main issue with Boxee is that the online content is mostly geared to US audience and the UK content tends to be lower quality from youtube etc.

iPlayer is a bit hit and miss compared to xbmc.

It's great there is coice of xbmc and boxee but for me personally xbmc is better
1 Like #15
I love my Boxee Box and is worth having alone just for Navi-X.
#16
Sorry if I wasn't clear enough, 1080p content I have ZERO difficulty with on the revo/emachines, it's the 4oD / iPlayer full screen in a desktop environment they choke on :(

I did check out the emachines thread, but the box has too many peculiarities for my liking...wifi etc, Mint was troublesome also. I ended up giving up on the desktop build for a bit while I re-arm & replenish my linux-fu :) settled on a Lucid xbmcfreak build for now, only issue now I can't get into console via ctrl-f1, only ssh, which is incredi-annoying!

Thanks for the pointers though folks, always appreciated!
#17
Oooh I had navi-x on my xbox softmod, forgot all about that! A tip o' the hat to you sir!
#18
Good price, but I would never pay £189 for one. The Acer Revo is better as it has both XBMC and Boxee.
#19
Does anyone know if there is there anyway of using these to record from TV to a an external hard drive?
#20
lord_trumpington
Does anyone know if there is there anyway of using these to record from TV to a an external hard drive?


it's not a PVR
#21
northernlights
I can't get into console via ctrl-f1
You tried Ctrl+Alt+F1/F2/F3/F4?
#22
dc2447
lord_trumpington
Does anyone know if there is there anyway of using these to record from TV to a an external hard drive?


it's not a PVR


I realise that, but with a TV card it may work. I know that you can do with the Revo
#23
lord_trumpington
dc2447
lord_trumpington
Does anyone know if there is there anyway of using these to record from TV to a an external hard drive?


it's not a PVR


I realise that, but with a TV card it may work. I know that you can do with the Revo


I think you are little confused as to what the boxee box is.

You can't add capture cards, it you want to do that then get a nettop
#24
alasrati
northernlights
I can't get into console via ctrl-f1
You tried Ctrl+Alt+F1/F2/F3/F4?


Aye I did, it used to zap me in & out of the command line on a XBMClive based build by using ctrl-alt-f1~f9 but with the xbmcfreak build (which is awesome for ION platform) it drops me to a blank screen but no command prompt, I can then get back to XBMC with ctrl-alt-f8 or 9. Got me stumped but haven't really done the research on it yet, only so much time I can devote to learning yet another OS :)

(This people, is why a boxee box is more ideal for some people than a Revo, linux is all fun & games if, like me, you actually like tech, but would be a total disaster for my mither to try)

Plus I've seen no concrete evidence of the mythical revo for £150 either...
#25
dc2447
lord_trumpington
dc2447
lord_trumpington
Does anyone know if there is there anyway of using these to record from TV to a an external hard drive?


it's not a PVR


I realise that, but with a TV card it may work. I know that you can do with the Revo


I think you are little confused as to what the boxee box is.

You can't add capture cards, it you want to do that then get a nettop


Okay. So does is the boxee essentially the same as the WD and Oplay media players that have been posted up on here recently? I just want something that will play HD MKV's in 1080p from my external Hard Drive on to the TV,
#26
lord_trumpington
Okay. So does is the boxee essentially the same as the WD and Oplay media players that have been posted up on here recently? I just want something that will play HD MKV's in 1080p from my external Hard Drive on to the TV,
WD TV Live will do that.
#27
alasrati
lord_trumpington
Okay. So does is the boxee essentially the same as the WD and Oplay media players that have been posted up on here recently? I just want something that will play HD MKV's in 1080p from my external Hard Drive on to the TV,
WD TV Live will do that.


cool, thanks for the tip
#28
Love that remote but its still way too expensive for a media streamer. I'm happy with my W7 Revo with XBMC, it acts as a great streamer and more. Had the Boxee been released at £99 it would have blown the competition (WD, Apple etc) out of the water, its a shame they didn't as I reckon they've lost a ton of sales on price alone.

Edited By: Q-Tec on Jun 13, 2011 14:03: I typed "revo" instead of "Boxee" ... d'oh!
#29
XBMC blows boxee out of the water.

This box is great if you have someone with no technical expertise, but I would always recommend XBMC as there is simply so much more you can access for free.

For Icefilms alone you are much better with XBMC (much much better than NaviX) Thats not mentioning streaming live football, grooveshark, pandora, PSX/N64 emulators etc.

Sure it takes far more work to get it set up. But the end result is far more rewarding


Btw I have one of those mythical Revos (from ebuyer) that I got for £130 about a year ago



Edited By: abfmdf on Jun 13, 2011 01:08: extra info
#30
Isn't this the old boxee box? Don't they have a new version out now?
#31
can someone please outline what this has over a WDTV Live or any other similar media device which streams media over the network or plays from external storage?
#32
Thanks for the icefilms tip, will test tomorrow morning!

I still stand by my opinions on ease of install in regards to the revo / emachines. I come from a Win/Mac IT standpoint & have been supporting these for years & yet still the learning curve was steep.

I fail to see how anyone without a day-to-day working knowledge of OSs would be able to perform all the steps required without at least some frustration. Therefore it's my opinion that the Revo is not a 'one size fits all' solution. It works for you & me, of that there is no argument, but not everyone is willing to tinker, else everyone would have Revos/HTPCs instead of Blu-ray players under our TVs.

Way I see it is:
Revo > Boxee > WD Live etc

(Technical) People who would consider a Revo would dismiss Boxee as being too simplistic.
(Ordinary) People that would consider a Boxee would consider a Revo over-complicated.
(Bargain hunting) People that consider Revo/Boxee overpriced & only need to play files would consider WD live.

So although they ultimately perform similar tasks, IMO the target market for each is entirely different.

Isn't this the old boxee box? Don't they have a new version out now?

Nope, there is only one Boxee Box according to the website, & this is it...

Btw I have one of those mythical Revos (from ebuyer) that I got for £130 about a year ago
Cool, & I appreciate these deals have been ongoing, but have been looking for a while & they haven't hit ~£150 in 3-4 months on HUKD :(

Edited By: northernlights on Jun 13, 2011 02:13: .
#33
can someone please outline what this has over a WDTV Live or any other similar media device which streams media over the network or plays from external storage?
With the Boxee it's the Library functions, cover/fan art, plot/cast/crew info, remember last played position when resuming a file & the ability to add streaming services via feeds. Weather service, Music Visualisations & biographies.

With the Revo running XBMC it's the above, plus custom skins, games console emulators, newsgroup programs, upnp server etc

AFAIK WD Live et al don't offer most of that 'out of the box', but some unofficial firmwares may include some but not all functionality.

See below, the Boxee library, nearly all the info for these screenshots would have been scraped automatically from TVDB & stored locally.

http://media.tested.com/uploads/0/5/10942-boxee_movies_600_super.jpg
http://www.hack7mc.com/wp-content/uploads/ahref/lh4.ggpht.com/movie_info5B45D.png

And this is the XBMC setup (bearing in mind this is only 1 of many skins & layouts):
http://xbmc.org/wp-content/gallery/mediastreamnew/mstream3.jpg

Whether these things are important to you or not is a personal preference though.

Edited By: northernlights on Jun 13, 2011 02:38: .
#34
One of the consumer review mags -it might be called What Sound and Vision has a review of the main streaming boxes.

The Apple TV scored 3 stars and the Boxee came out top over the Sony machine and the WD TV Live (Hub model). For those uncomfortable in just taking advice from forum people it might be worth you reading the article. They at least will have tested most of the options.
#35
http://www.mpcclub.com/forum/

Well worth signing up to so you can read about all media players.
#36
Ive have had one for a few months now and after owning the popcorn hour and the WD box this is by far the best! I love the watch later feature where you can add files from any computer and when you get home there waiting to be watched on your boxee.
#37
canada16
northernlights
Not read up on any of that, so couldn't comment, though I believe they are quite prompt with updates.

Still...I've yet to find it cheaper elsewhere if you have your heart set on a Boxee box.

Bear in mind most XBMC based clients (XBMC/Plex/Boxee) don't have 'full' internet access either... & media streamers don't do library stuff such as plot, coverart, fan art etc.


You can install custom firmware on the 68.00 WD TV LIVE and have movie sheets, and looks as good as the Boxee, and no real issues with this, if this was 100.00, I might think about it, but on the Boxee forum there is still a lot of complaints.
Viewsonic is getting a box with full internet and runs boxee which is coming out in a month or two, it looks real nice.


I'm on my second WDTV and it was always a bit of a P in the A. Until I reflashed it with B-Rad custom firmware - now it's good as gold. An the web front end that allows you to control the config is genius IMO. Now we have Moviesheets that look great and ThumbImage is very clever too. The whole box runs better with B-Rad's firmware. Much better. Shame on WD for whoever they employ as coders and developers.
#38
i have the AC ryan mini and it was fin at first but there is so much technical stuff to do to get it working nice ie YAMJ jukebox which i still cannot get working properly, also there is a bug which prevents you accessing any files on a pc due to some password thing, its been like this for months and there seems no straight forward resolution. Is the boxee like the above pictures out of the box, can a novice get to grips with adding new features without being a pc wizard?
#39
Had one of these for a few months now, I use it to watch my DVD collection which is burnt onto a NAS Box. Also used 5OD last night which worked perfectly, The box also does IPlayer, ITV Play and 4 OD and has a browser app for normal web browsing. I've found no serious bugs yet, a lot of the reviews reporting bugs are old, pre-update.

Would definitely recommend it.
1 Like #40
northernlights
alasrati
northernlights
I can't get into console via ctrl-f1
You tried Ctrl+Alt+F1/F2/F3/F4?


Aye I did, it used to zap me in & out of the command line on a XBMClive based build by using ctrl-alt-f1~f9 but with the xbmcfreak build (which is awesome for ION platform) it drops me to a blank screen but no command prompt, I can then get back to XBMC with ctrl-alt-f8 or 9. Got me stumped but haven't really done the research on it yet, only so much time I can devote to learning yet another OS :)

(This people, is why a boxee box is more ideal for some people than a Revo, linux is all fun & games if, like me, you actually like tech, but would be a total disaster for my mither to try)

Plus I've seen no concrete evidence of the mythical revo for £150 either...


http://forum.xbmc.org/showpost.php?p=598763&postcount=10

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