An upcoming firmware update promises to add more awesomeness to the Boxee Box platform. The update is slated for May 2011, or just one month after the previous firmware upgrade. After that, Boxee says it set a goal to release new firmware "every 3 months or so," with each one introducing "a healthy mix of new and improved functionality together with bug fixes."
Never mind that the streaming media market is getting as crowded as an LA freeway during rush hour, D-Link's Boxee Box is more than holding its own. According to DigiTimes, sales of the set-top box have been better than D-Link originally expected up to this point.
D-Link's Boxee Box faces competition from a number of devices, including Apple TV, Google TV, Western Digital's line of streaming media boxes, Internet-connected TVs, and even from specialized devices like Roku's HD Player. Even so, D-Link is seeing sales exceed stock volumes and is considering selling the device through Best Buy by the end of the year.
Riding Boxee Box's early success, D-Link recently announced it will launch the media streamer in the Middle East and Africa next month, followed by China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and other Asia Pacific countries. The goal is to sell at least 100,000 Boxee Box units in 2011.
Let's face it, Netflix and Hulu rule the streaming media world, both are awesome, and we all want our devices to support them. That hasn't really been a problem with Netflix, which has burst into our living rooms via set to boxes, consoles, Blu-ray players, and scores of other devices. Hulu? Now that's another story.
Well, we have some great news folks. D-Link's new Boxee Box just launched and it supports Netflix, VUDU, and Hulu Plus. Not right away, mind you, but both Netflix and Hulu Plus will be supported "before the end of the year."
On the hardware and connectivity side, the new media streamer comes powered by an Intel processor and includes HDMI out, an Ethernet port, Wireless-N, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, S/PDIF and composite audio connectors, and a SD card reader.