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Boxee Box Review

1. Introduction

Boxee Box is without question one of the most awaited media streamers for this year. The reason? The way things look right now, it might well be the only box that actually can successfully replace a home theater PC in both CODEC support and extensibility. Promising a full range of audio/video codecs, media library with automatic artwork downloading and also web clients for popular services as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Pandora, VUDU and even Netflix, combined with an open development platform supporting Adobe Flash 10.1, a Webkit based browser and QWERTY remote control, many feel that boxee Box is currently the media streamer to beat, not Google TV or Apple TV. For a long time, there has been an uncertainty about the capability to stream Netflix but yesterday the people from D-Link confirmed Netflix support to come sometime by the end of the year, so I won’t touch this issue until the next firmware release.

Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge gadget lover and I actually own and use every piece of equipment that I reviewed on this website, however I don’t  like the idea of turning my PS3 to watch Netflix, XBOX 360 for a nice Twitter of Facebook client, my HTPC for some exotic codec that nobody else supports, etc. I think everybody keeps waiting for the mystical “do it all” box (aside from a beefy HTPC that needs its own power plant) and the open nature of Boxee Box might help it become that box.

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CMC3000 Platinum Network HD Multimedia Center surfaces

The CMC3000 Platinum Network HD Multimedia Center is only the latest entry into the overcrowded market for media player / streamer boxes, and has some extra features to set it apart from the competition –  the time-shift TV recording capability,1080p playback, DLNA/UPNP client and NAS / BitTorrent features. Hardware wise, the box include the now standard HDMI 1.3 connector along with SPDIF optical for surround sound, Ethernet, optional wireless, 2 USB ports and a memory card adapter. What is missing though is the support for today’s popular web clients as Pandora, Netflix, YouTube, Flickr, etc, support that most of its competitors have. How do you think it compares against more popular media streamers like WD TV Live HD Plus, Viewsonic VMP75 already reviewed on our website?

The CMC3000 media streamer is available for sale at Amazon in several flavors, including with 500Gb and 1TB storage. The 1TB version ships for $238.

Check after the break for full specs and a presentation video.

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