Summary: My brother has a Boxee, which works flawlessly. This one, not so much. I bought a refurb, and maybe that's why I've had issues. A solid 95% of the time, the Boxee works fine for streaming Netflix and media from my tower to my TV. Getting library issues (especially getting it to connect to my tower over certain protocols) sorted out can be a HUGE pain, especially for initial setup.
Summary: First off this product said refurbished but I would have called it used because it came covered with several scratches. Works great though. I have an DNS-321 NAS filled with movies and the Boxee found all the movies and added the DVD covers to all of them. You can get the Boxee app on your iphone or android and use your phone as the remote. Lots of pre installed apps but the browser doesn't support some flash sites. Perfect media PC device!!!
Summary: I bought this a couple months ago mainly to get TV back to my Dad's cabin utilizing a slingbox. Slingplayer works great, the picture is great, sound is great, the only drawbacks are that it takes a moment to change channels because of the whole slingbox setup. My big complaint about boxee is the teeny tiny remote with the teeny tiny buttons. I hope they change their remote to something more like the logitech revue - but make the keyboard backlit.
Summary: As others have said, it plays almost everything you throw at it. I'd had a DSM Media Center player a few years ago and I liked it. It was plain vanilla compared to what this has on it but at the time the concept of streaming media didn't seem to be their focus. I was actually surprised when I found out about the Boxee and that they'd been doing this for a couple of years.
Pi "Shamelessly geeky; mathematically delicious.", Amazon
27 October 2011
Summary: The Boxee box is a great buy. The refurbished model is competitively priced with the AppleTV and Roku, but offers a whole lot more entertainment. My box seemed good-as-new, so I would recommend this over paying the extra $60 for nothing. While the channels are generally pretty good, the experience is somewhat marred by inconsistencies between interfaces. Does the center button pause? Does it bring up a menu? Does it leave the video? What does the menu button do?
Summary: originally purchased apple tv 2. disappointed by a tremendous lack of file format support and 720p/24fps limitation, i returned apple tv and opted for boxee. boxee has outstanding support for local file playback (m2ts, mkv, m4v, mp4, m4a, wmv, avi, iso, etc, etc, etc). recommend using boxee wired via cat6 for hd playback. have had issues with 1080p file buffers over wifi (apple airport extreme).
Summary: I've had a few products that do some of the things that Boxee does, but never had a dedicated streamer before. Tivo -- Netflix, Amazon rentals etc. It does stream local content but not well (you have to download it to the Tivo first). PS3 -- Netflix, PSN rentals etc. It streams local content but it is not easy to setup, you have to use tversity, windows media server or PS3 media server. You basically have to convert all video to PS3 compatible format.
Summary: Some perspective on me: I have never written a review but felt it was necessary in this case. I have been streaming video accross my network since the Buffalo Link Theater (7 yrs ago). I consider myself somewhat of a computer\electronic geek. I, like many others, have been excited about the release of the Boxee Box. I have tried several other similar alternatives (X-Box, LG Blu-ray player, WD..