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Kogan - The Boxee Box by D-Link (DSM-380) - $199 24hours

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Never seen it this price before - seems to end midnight EST on the 27th.

I was wanting one of these but the $250+ prices stopped me (I'm now using a NAS with Plex streaming on it) .. if it had been this price however I would have pulled the trigger.

Note:postage to Perth $9

From the email …..

Turn your TV into a SmartTV with the Boxee Box by D-Link

Watch what you want when you want - the Boxee Box makes it easy to choose the TV shows you want to watch, and most importantly, the ones you want to pay for. And with over 40,000 TV episodes from your favorite networks instantly available - that's a lot to choose from. Compatible to any TV with an HDMI input, the Boxee Box will transform the way you watch TV.

The Internet gives you the freedom to watch what you want, and the power to choose what you want to pay for. Why pay for expensive pay TV channels when you can access fantastic shows for free!

One of the greatest things about the Boxee Box is that if you can't find something to watch - you've got your friends to turn to. Stop watching the same stuff over and over - with the Boxee Box, your friends can see what you've been watching and give fresh recommendations from Facebook, Twitter, and the Boxee network.

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  • +10 votes

    your friends can see what you've been watching

    ಠ_ಠ

  • Current RRP is only $250, and street price is a bit under $220.

    So Kogan is a little cheaper.

    It's a nice little media player, but don't fall for the "over 40,000 TV episodes" claims as you won't get them here without using a US vpn or similar.

    • How about using free VPN/proxy service from tunlr.net?

      • And getting decent streaming speeds to look good on a TV? Good luck.

        • Actually I use a US VPN and do stream movies perfect.

        • Movies from netflix and vudu stream quite well over the VPN subscription I have. If only they did not make us jump through hoops to get the service here.

        • ggop, What VPN service you are using?

        • SickDmith: I use www.strongvpn.com. They have a 7 day change-of-mind policy so you can sign up and cancel for a full refund (last time I checked). Can I also be cheeky and ask that if you want to sign up, please send me a PM and I'll refer you. Your choice though, I'm OK either way. I'm on the $55/yr package

        • ggop: Thanks. I will let you know if I sign up… But I am not sure if it worth it at this moment… Probably just don't understand all benefits. :)

        • Tunlr.net / unblock-us/ unodns/playmo.tv are not so called VPN service. They are transparent DNS proxy.

  • if u want to be cheap , u can download boxee app and install it on ur HTPC or microserver with a video card does the same thing, also u can get a control for ios or android to control it via network

    • Unless you don't already have a microserver, then this is equally cheap. (However it doesn't serve as an enclosed NAS with decent stability/specs.)

    • http://blog.boxee.tv/2011/12/26/boxee-1-5-fall-software-upda...

      This 1.5 release will be the last version of Boxee for PC/Mac/Ubuntu. It will be available on Boxee.tv through the end of January.

      We believe the future of TV will be driven by devices such as the Boxee Box, Connected TVs / Blu-Rays and 2nd screen devices such as tablets and phones. While there are still many users who have computers connected to their TVs, we believe this use case is likely to decline as users find better alternatives. People will continue to watch a lot of video on their computer, but it is more likely to be a laptop than a home-theater PC and probably through a browser rather than downloaded software.

      • "We believe the future of TV will be driven by devices such as the Boxee Box, Connected TVs / Blu-Rays and 2nd screen devices such as tablets and phones"

        Whoever wrote this is out of their tiny mind. Within two years from now the Boxee box - and every other purpose-built doohickey - will go the way of the brontosaurus, the video recorder, and the CD player. And the dodo. (And hopefully, the State - anarchy, beeyatchez!).

        On any horizon longer than 3 years it will be SSD (or next-gen) hard drives, built into wifi routers, talking to half-inch thick wallscreens via bluetooth or built-in wifi. Any idea that standalone hardware has a future in THAT game is childish nonsense, and anybody who would write that quoted sentence DOWN and put it somewhere for everyone to SEE, is simply advertising their backward-looking expectations.

        (Speaking of video reorders… imagine my horror when I discovered that nobody - nobody in the whole WORLD - had uploaded anb ABC doco from 2005 called "Rough Justice: Tales from the Bar". It's available from the State liberry on:

        V… to the H… to the [email protected] S, yo.

        So the question became…"Hey sweeitie…do we still have a VCR somewhere?")

  • can you use the boxee via an unblock-us account and therefore use all those USA apps, like Netflix on the boxee ?

    • Yes you can set up your own VPN on the Boxee to allow you use Netflix.
      Myself and plenty of others have done so, just make sure your Internet speed connection is fast enough to stream the movies as the Boxee won't buffer the movies.
      Great device, not perfect with a few bugs. Head over to the Boxee forum to see the discussions.

    • yep got an unblockus account and I use netflix and other usa apps, as well as bbc iplayer just fine on my Boxee Box

  • Its a pity these are going End Of Life soonish, will be replaced with a small media streamer worth about $50US, not sure when Australia will get it.

    They are a damn good unit for what they can do, but they did have to compete with the WD-Live which I still have and is an awesome unit as well.

    [Edit]

    This is the link :-)
    http://www.engadget.com/2012/04/10/d-link-releases-budget-pr...

    • Its going to be at least double the price here in Australia. Whats the bet

    • You are talking about two different breed of devices. Boxee has got a lot of apps built into it and it does more than this 'budget' streaming player does. However Boxee is over priced and it freezes quite a lot. I would buy an Apple TV2, jail break it and install XBMC on it rather than buying a boxee

  • HP microserver !

    • Couldn't agree more. XBMC adds so much more functionality over Boxee. I can certainly see the appeal of Boxee/AppleTV; but IMO price is the main advantage in their favour. In this case, it's not enough of an advantage.

  • I dont know a lot about Boxee but I bought the new WDTV Live Streaming a few months ago and I love it. There's almost nothing it won't play and only uses 3 or 4 watts of electricity. It streams terabytes of video wirelessly without glitch, it plays full 1080 HD wirelessly and yet to glitch once.

    Bonus is, it's half the price. But maybe Boxee's apps make it a more powerful unit I dont know? Food for thought if someone wants a cheaper alternative.

    • This is what I originally bought as well, but my media is on my network and it was sluggish pulling down each thumbnail each time as you selected an item, also it renamed my files while matching media .. often incorrectly (ie all my starwars movies were renamed to episode 1) and I had put a lot of effort into my meta tagging and thumbnails and it ignored that completely… and yes it needs write access to work on network media.

      And yes even on 802.11n at 3m to the router it can struggle on full HD BD rips - but who has a lot of those and a 3m network cable is cheap enough to fix that problem. Otherwise quite a nice device with some nice touches like usb keyboard compatibility - great for initial set-up.

      My NAS (Synology) came out with a PLEX pugin - PLEX like Boxee is basically a spin off and evolution of XBMC. Not only doe s it stream and present a beautiful interface (like boxees) to devices like iphones, androids and my HP touchpad but also to my Samsung TV (LG also has an app I think) so I hit essentially a perfect solution for my config of devices.

      So if you don't fit that set-up and just want a very good player for your TV with no hassle I'd go with the boxee.

  • So is this a parallel import or Australian stock? Estore has them for $12 more factoring in $9 delivery from Kogan and free delivery from Estore.

    http://www.estore.com.au/Boxee_Box_D-Link_DSM-380_DLK0751.as...

    Saving around 5%

  • I managed to get two of these things for $207 ($1 cheaper than here with freight?) each by doing a price match/beat at Officeworks - they beat Umart's price on them. Not a bad piece of kit, not perfect but it's very near and tidy for its intended application and Wifi performance isn't bad at all, so far it seems to play every format quite nicely but it has no baseline gamma adjustment (which is available on XBMC which it's based on).

  • Great little units, i have 1 of these at home + 2 x jailbroken Apple TV's running XBMC.
    I much prefer XBMC over Boxee (more features, layout options, skins, etc) but the Boxee box beats XBMC for ease of use and the RF remote is just brilliant.

    My Boxee hasn't skipped a beat in the year or so i've had it, i run a HP microserver with FreeNAS which stores all my content, i scan and add metadata on the microserver so the Boxee and Apple TV's just read the data, they don't download anything. Runs much smoother that way.

    If the Boxee had different skins it would be perfect.

  • I've owned one of these for over a year now, I do use it all the time but have found the software to be quite buggy/unstable, don't let the version number 1.5 fool you …it has been randomly rebooting in the middle of movies. It is a good device overall but I don't think its worth the $200+ price tag, I'd consider grabbing another if it dropped to ~$149

    • weird, i've never had mine drop mid movie. Did you work out what the problem was?

      • it doesn't happen all the time, but often occurs if I'm seeking backwards or forwards through a video, haven't really looked into it much more than that.

        another annyoing bug they have is if using nfo's to resolve tv shows the boxee duplicates most of the shows in the library, Boxee haven't fixed this in almost a year now - see here http://jira.boxee.tv/browse/BOXEE-10550

        • I had a few similar issues when i first got it too, i played around with a few meta scrapers until i found a program called 'ember media manager'. This does a great job of identifying and scraping all metadata for TV shows and movies. Once this is setup and all files are scraped correctly i stopped having problems.

        • yep I use EMM too, but with the episode nfo files I think the boxee scraper gets mixed up and makes duplicates of several shows

  • How does the Roku compare with this?
    Bought it for just under $90 - http://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/66532

    it was a breeze to setup and been watching US channels via Plex using a DNS re-director.

    • Roku is a bit of a pain when it comes to playing local media. You need to fiddle with Plex or some other private Roku channel with a local webserver etc. If streaming is all you are interested in then I think the Roku is a better option.

      EDIT: Roku does not handle a VPN on board, so that's a big negative for me. Your router must be capable of VPN. This is probably why I chose Boxee

  • i have one of these , 12 months old
    if anyone is interested id be willing to sell it for $150 pickup sydney

  • You're better off buying a Raspberry Pi when they become available shortly. $35 USD with a 700mhz CPU & 256MB RAM, Runs Linux, Quake 3 at 1080p,and Full HD MPEG-4 video over HDMI. Uses an SD card for the OS and has a 100mbps Ethernet port.

    More info from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raspberry_Pi

    Youtube Video's of the card running Quake 3 and other things: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhptpw3v7j8

    • Rasberry Pi looks awesome don't get me wrong [been follwoing it since it hit /. ages ago] but it's far from a workable Media Player / streamer right now. You need the storage medium (and access method), OS and playing software, remote control and so on.

      If your happy rolling your own then goodluck but it is not a viable solution for many people.

  • got a new one - if anyone wants it for 180 pickup let me know :)