Boxee Box Brings the Internet to Your TV

The new black box allows users to watch movies and TV shows from the Internet, stream videos from the Web, exchange info with friends using social media sites like Facebook, organize and enjoy personal music, photos and videos, and browse the Internet.

The Boxee Box by the networking company D-Link gives consumers a new way to experience free or paid-for content on the Internet.

As part of the Middle Eastern & African availability, D-Link announced Sunday, Dec. 26, that the Intel Atom CE4100, Intel’s system-on-a-chip designed for TV and Internet integration, will power the Boxee Box.

As action is getting hot in the connected TV space, Sony has introduced Sony Internet TV, powered by Google TV.

It is claimed to be the world’s first television with the ability to watch HDTV, enjoy apps, and browse the Internet seamlessly on one device. (Read: Sony Internet TV Comes with Google TV)

Today, a slew of companies are trying to gain a foothold in the emerging TV+Web hybrid market.

Hillcrest Labs, for example, has unveiled the latest version of Kylo, the free Web browser for television, with many new features for consumers who view online content on their PCs or Macs connected to the TV.

Kylo lets users access sites across the Internet, with a browser that was specifically designed to be viewed from a distance in the living room, family room or dorm room. (Read: Kylo Comes as Free Web Browser for Television)

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Veebeam, a wireless company that offers to bring Internet video content to TV, has announced a 1080p HD media player named Veebeam.

It allows consumers to wirelessly stream anything from their laptop to their TV. Internet-delivered movies, sports websites, photos and more can also be shared on any HDTV. (Read: Veebeam Media Player to Show Web Movies on TV)

And GlideTV, which introduced handheld wireless touchpad – the Navigator, says it has released the beta version of its What’s On visual guide to online entertainment and a big screen web browser specially made for the living room.

The free online service and downloadable software allows users to see what shows and entertainment are available across the entire web in a single glance and browse them by category and genre. (Read: What’s On Guide Offers New Fun for Internet TV)

Netflix has gone a step further to deliver TV content to mobiles. It has introduced its free Netflix App, allowing Netflix members to instantly watch TV episodes and movies streamed to their iPhone or iPod touch. (Read: Watching TV Episodes, Movies on Your iPhone)

And DISH Network, a pay-TV provider in America, has also announced a free app for the Apple iPad: DISH Remote Access. It is claimed to be the first and only app from a TV service provider designed for the iPad that allows users to control their televisions remotely. (Read: When Apple iPad becomes a Remote Control)

“Too many people have to enjoy what they want to watch hunched over a laptop all alone,” stated Andrew Kippen, vice president of marketing for Boxee. “We’ve partnered with D-Link to come up with what we believe is the best way to enjoy the best content from the Internet on a TV – no PC required.”

The Intel-based hardware allows Boxee’s open software platform to deliver up to full 1080p HD over a wired or wireless network.

With hundreds of apps already available and an intuitive interface, the Boxee Box by D-Link gives users access to on-demand entertainment and newfound control over their TV, says D-Link.

The Boxee Box by D-Link will be available in Jan. 2011 from IT retailers in the MENA & Africa region.

Photo courtesy: Boxee

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