We had a tough time figuring out how to categorize the Polywell H770i-400B PC. Its small size puts it clearly in the class of HTPCs or mini PCs that get tucked behind a monitor or TV.
What’s confusing about the Polywell H7700i-400B is its power curve. PCs in this class typically pack AMD’s Fusion CPUs or Intel’s lower-voltage CPUs to balance price, thermals, acoustics, and the typically modest performance requirements of a mini PC.
A handsome aluminum chassis is marred by chintzy rubber feet that easily come loose.
The Boxee folks have found themselves lodged between content owners and its user base for some time. On one hand, Boxee has always promised to deliver as much content for the right price (i.e. free). On the other, premium content owners have gotten wise to the fact that they are missing out on serious cash by not jumping on the internet TV bandwagon.
Hence, Boxee has made some deals with said content owners to offer a Payment Platform for Boxee. They are hoping that by trying to bridge this gap they can make more content available to Boxee users, while still offering even the most premium content at a fair price. They define their business model in terms of transaction fees, which the commit to be less than the 30% charged by other digital storefronts.
They did not divulge much more in the official blog posting. The key details still to be determined are who already signed up as premium content owners, what types of premium content will be available, and when they’ll make all this happen.
One small step for Boxee? Or one giant leap for premium content owners?
Doc, I need some help! Using what I learned from your mag, I built a small home theater PC. Everything is good, except when I want to watch a movie I have ripped (I use SlySoft AnyDVD). I don’t know how to get the movie to run in one piece. I have to play the movie in sections. I have Nero 7 and PowerDVD but it happens the same way with either.