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Television Entertainment Linux

Move Over BoxeeBox, Here Comes PopBox 117

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the lookout-appletv dept.
DeviceGuru writes "Following closely on the heels of the December announcement of D-Link's BoxeeBox, Syabas Technology today said it will ship the PopBox, a $129 Internet-based A/V streaming set-top box (STB) in March. Both new gadgets have the potential to give Roku's popular STB a run for its money. All three boxes can deliver a range of Internet-based A/V streaming and social networking services to consumers' TVs. Like Roku's digital video player STB, the PopBox will include Netflix on-demand video streaming when it first ships. D-Link, meanwhile, is rumored to be scrambling to add Netflix streaming support to its BoxeeBox device as well, prior to inaugural shipments of that device. All three run embedded Linux OSes, and all are expected to sell for less than $200."
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Move Over BoxeeBox, Here Comes PopBox

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  • by MistrBlank (1183469) on Monday January 04, 2010 @08:56AM (#30640044)

    I just got a roku for my parents, and at $100 it does what it needs to just fine. I can see Roku easily adding a USB port and "Media" channel to a future box without touching the pricepoint and doing the same thing all of these other boxes do.

    Oh and it doesn't look like that stupid melted cube that D-link is trying to sell.
     

  • Netflix on Linux? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by FunkyELF (609131) on Monday January 04, 2010 @09:11AM (#30640182)

    D-Link, meanwhile, is rumored to be scrambling to add Netflix streaming support to its BoxeeBox device as well, prior to inaugural shipments of that device. All three run embedded Linux OSes, and all are expected to sell for less than $200."

    Why the hell can't I get Netflix working on my laptop running Linux? How are these guys doing it, why isn't it available for the rest of us?
    Netflix is the only reason I have VirtualBox installed.

  • Samsung BD-P1590 (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Ephemeriis (315124) on Monday January 04, 2010 @09:24AM (#30640266)

    We picked up a Samsung BD-P1590 [samsung.com] as a replacement for our aging DVD player over the holidays...

    It plays DVDs, obviously... As well as blu-ray discs... And it can stream stuff from Blockbuster, Netflix, Pandora, and YouTube. We got ours for about $150 at WalMart, but I'm told they can be had for as little as $80 if you're willing to shop around a bit.

    I guess I'm just wondering why you'd buy a Roku for $80 or one of these PopBoxes for $130 just to stream Netflix.

    Yes, the PopBox can stream all sorts of other stuff... Plenty of stuff that my new Samsung can't... But what's being advertised as the "killer app" is Netflix support.

    In fact, if you look around a bit, there's plenty of hardware out there that can stream Netflix. All sorts of Netflix-enabled televisions and boxes. So I'm having a hard time seeing Netflix support as the "killer app" they're making it out to be...

    On a somewhat unrelated note: Has anyone else noticed that broadcast television seems to be rapidly disappearing? We've got boxes that let us stream what we want, when we want it, from various web pages... We've got televisions that are able to stream content right from sites like Netflix... And we've got DVRs to download, record, and time-shift everything else... How long do you suppose it'll be before there's no such thing as "broadcast" television and it's all downloaded/streamed from your local affiliate's website?

  • by oldenuf2knowbetter (124106) on Monday January 04, 2010 @09:58AM (#30640670)

    Living in an area with poor over-the-air digital TV reception, my daughter had to make the financial choice between broadband and cable TV. Wisely, she chose broadband. I bought her a Roku unit and she loves it.

    With Roku for Netflix and Amazon access and her laptop plugged into her TV for Hulu access she doesn't really miss cable - but she'd really like to have a single set-top unit that provides both Netflix and Hulu.

    I've been looking at the Myka ION as a possible Roku replacement/upgrade for her but it seems more capable than necessary and at least $100 over-priced. When something appears that provides Roku capability plus Hulu for around $200, I'll buy one for her. If it also provides access to the websites of CNN and broadcast networks, I'll pay $250 for it.

    Note that if it also provided optional access to BBC America, Discovery, TLC, History, and NatGeo, I'd be willing to pay a reasonable subscription fee to each of those companies, buy a unit for myself, and drop my own cable TV serice in a heartbeat.

    Now that I think about it, if TV broadcasters were streaming their own content to such a device, I'd also be willing to pay each of them a monthly subscription fee. How much? I don't know. But the fact that Fox was asking Time Warner $1 per month per subscriber tells me what a subscription should cost. $1 each month to each of the probably ten content providers I care about would be perfect - and save me over $60 per month compared to my current cable bill. Buying a new STB for $250 with a 4-month ROI looks like a good deal to me.

  • Re:It can't hurt (Score:3, Interesting)

    by 99BottlesOfBeerInMyF (813746) on Monday January 04, 2010 @10:23AM (#30641048)

    To have a link here for the petition to Netflix requesting Linux support: http://www.petitiononline.com/Linflix/petition.html [petitiononline.com] [petitiononline.com]

    That's unlikely to sway them, but there is hope. Netflix can walk away from the Linux desktop/netbook market right now without any concern. They are very concerned, however, about the iPhone market. Since the iPhone is unlikely to support Silverlight or Flash anytime soon, that means Netflix is really interested in finding an alternative. The real stumbling block is their content providers are demanding DRM. So possible winning solutions for Linux include:

    • H.264 without DRM because they manage to push back at content providers enough.
    • H.264 with an open standard DRM (Dream or the like) that can be easily implemented on Linux desktop clients.
    • H.264 with Apple's DRM and Apple opens up their DRM because of antitrust concerns or as part of their move to Web services.
  • How About No? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by sexconker (1179573) on Monday January 04, 2010 @12:49PM (#30643306)

    I do NOT want a sea of divided little set top boxes that are merely adequate.

    It pisses me off that Netflix HD streaming isn't available on the PC, but it is on dinky little boxes.

    I was watching shit via Netflix's streaming service on my PC (connected to my TV) and when the PS3 finally got the Netflix service (you have to use a disc to run the Netflix software, though that should change soon) I noticed that shit was in HD.

    Box A supports Hulu and Netflix but not Amazon.
    Box B supports Netflix and Amazon and promises future support for other things (will never happen).
    Box C lets you stream crap in crappy quality when you're away from home.

    I'm amazed that a dumb box for dumb people has done so well. The concept of another box and another remote usually strike fear into the hearts of the plebes. Maybe it was the shitty name "Roku" that got people to love it.

    Many TVs and Blu-Ray players already support some sort of streaming service or media channel, but it's never the one you want. This is precisely the kind of crap that SHOULD be standardized (though there's no technical reason to - it's brain-dead simple to stream video to a host on the internet) in order to help the consumer.

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