Reviews and Problems with D-Link Boxee Box DSM-380
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FYI - this is a DEAD PRODUCT now.
Jonathan Nichols, Amazon
18 December 2013
Summary: Only leaving this review because this item is still for sale and obviously people are still buying it. The Boxee team has dissolved. They went to work for Samsung. Updates to this box are not going to happen. The forums have shut down, development stopped, and bugs aren't going to get fixed. They won't open source everything either. Please don't waste your money on this dead product. Buy something else instead.
Summary: My first choice for a media streamer would have been an Apple TV running XBMC. I had a first-gen one in which I had crammed a larger HDD and one of the Broadcom decoder cards to do 720p using XBMC but one sad day it died. After a lot of research I chose the Boxee Box since the latest Apple TV had no jailbreak available and the Boxee Box was the only thing that was built on XBMC.
Summary: I don't think I would buy this again. It does play Netflix and the videos that I download from the internet. They have dropped support for this to create a new product without making this a polished product. I ask myself "does this product do what it was created for." The answer here is... well... kinda sorta. The official response for all of the bugs I've reported to Boxee have been "This is a known bug". So...
Summary: I have used Boxee Desktop software before it was discontinued, when it was still in Beta. I remember it being quite functional and snappy. So recently I've decided to buy a Boxee Box. I read online that it supports HBO GO, Netflix, VUDU, AirPlay and many other services. The hardware design in beautiful. But it's irregular shape makes it difficult to stack it on the side/corner of a TV stand. The refurb piece looked pretty good without any signs of wear.
Summary: I ordered a Boxee Box with the hopes it would handle our needs. Unfortunately, it fell short in four areas that were critical for us: 1. With no way to provide user supplied metadata, things that IMDB can't find become accessible only when browsing by files. But, how is a user who isn't intimately familiar with the contents of the library to know she has to go look in another menu for something she didn't even know was supposed to be in the normal menu? 2.
Summary: I'm sure the Boxee Box will be a great product someday, but right now it feels like a beta product...and I felt like a beta tester. Pros 1) I really like the design of the hardware. It's unconventional, but it does look cool. 2) The hardware itself, I KNOW, can handle so much; there's lots of potential. 3) Providing covers for all of my shows and movies. Cons 1) While the hardware is capable, it still has some issues in terms of compatibility.
Summary: I had high hopes for this as a streaming video player, but it is horribly plagued with bugs and major issues, nevermind that originally planned services are missing for the time being (netflix, hulu, vudu - "coming soon"). Menu navigating is frustrating as the remote lacks any other buttons other than play/pause, direction, and a menu/cancel button. A 'home screen' button, power button & dedicated 'full screen view' would be a nice addition.
Summary: Before buying the boxee box, we were assured we would be able to watch certain shows. Even using boxee hacks, we are unable to do so. We have found Netflix is the only app we use. We can watch Netflix on devices we already had.