The other big announcement at tonight’s Boxee Beta Launch is the Boxee Box. Boxee runs on Mac OS X, Windows and Ubuntu Linux, but the plan has always been to expand to other set-top boxes, consumer electronics and even Boxee specific boxes.
The full technical specifications wont’t be announced until CES, but the Boxee did announce some basic details about the Boxee Box at tonight’s event. The big news is that the box is being made by D-link, is WiFi enabled and has an SD slot. Astro, the designer of the XBox 360 is designing the Boxee Box. Oh, and the price is expected to be around $200.
Boxee will have a live demo at CES but $200 for an Internet-enable fun machine will certainly appeal to a lot of users. The Boxee Box will have HDMI, SPDIF and RCA Audio connections, plus two USB ports and it will work on both 802.11n
In the press release, D-Link’s senior director of marketing, Daniel Kelley, said:
‘By pairing Boxee’s innovative social entertainment platform with D-Link’s technology we’re able to create a solution that introduces people to what TV should be. Additionally we’re bringing a new level of social interaction to the living room.’