Great news today for Boxee Box owners. D-Link and Boxee have just announced that Netflix is finally available. Sure enough, I just finished doing a firmware upgrade my own Boxee Box and was able to play a Netflix movie. Joy! Previously, our main solution for premium movie rentals was VUDU, which I actually like because they get new movies the same day that they are released on DVD. Rentals through VUDU are $5.99 for HDX (1080p), $4.99 HD (720p) and $3.99 for SD (480p). They also offer some moviews at $2 for 2 nights. With Netflix, you will be able to enjoy an unlimited amount of movies and TV shows for only $7.99 a month. Netflix helps make the Boxee Box an even better device than it already was. It will be even nicer once Hulu becomes available. Press release after the jump.
D-Link and Boxee Add Thousands of TV Shows and Movies Streaming From Netflix to the Boxee Box by D-Link
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. – Feb. 14, 2011 – Expanding content options available to users, D-Link and Boxee today announced that the award-winning Boxee Box by D-Link now features support for both Netflix and VUDU. The Boxee Box is the easiest way to bring TV shows, movies, music, and photos from the Internet to your TV in a simple, easy-to-use way – all that’s needed is a TV with an HDMI input and an Internet connection. Unlike any other set-top device, the Boxee Box has support for a full web browser, full HD streaming from the Internet, support for all popular media file formats, and integrated social networking which delivers personal recommendations straight to the TV.
Boxee Box by D-Link users who are Netflix members are now able to instantly watch thousands of TV shows and movies streaming from Netflix for only $7.99 per month through an easy-to-use application that’s easily accessible and free for consumers.
VUDU provides Boxee Box users access to the largest selection of HD movies on demand, new releases (same day as DVD) and thousands of standard definition movies for rental at $2 for two nights. The VUDU HDX format on the Boxee Box is 1080p high-definition at 24 fps with Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround. Featuring TruFilm™, VUDU optimizes the encoding, transmission and display of HDX movies on 40-inch HDTVs and larger screens to deliver an outstanding home entertainment viewing experience. Furthermore, VUDU is offering each new Boxee Box user a $5.99 credit towards a first rental or purchase.
“We are very pleased to expand the content accessible via the Boxee Box to include the movies, TV shows and more offered by Netflix and VUDU,” said Daniel Kelley, D-Link’s Associate Vice President of Consumer Marketing, North America. “The Boxee Box is designed as a complete home entertainment hub for today’s connected families, and we are committed to working with additional content partners in order to deliver amazing viewing experiences at home.”
“With the addition of both Netflix and VUDU, the Boxee Box by D-Link has become a powerful new way to bring mainstream, indie, and award-winning films into your living room,” said Andrew Kippen, vice president of marketing, Boxee. “We’re able to show people what TV can be…and they’re telling us they’ll never go back.”
The Boxee Box features an SD card slot, two USB ports, optical digital audio, HDMI output, 802.11n wireless, and an Ethernet port for connectivity flexibility. With a double-sided remote featuring a built-in QWERTY keyboard and simple browsing interface, consumers can kick back and watch virtually anything. Beyond traditional content, consumers can easily discover new videos from friends on social networks, including Facebook and Twitter, which are pushed directly to their TV.
Availability and Pricing
The Boxee Box by D-Link is currently available throughout D-Link’s network of retail and e-tail outlets in North America, and at the company’s online store, http://www.dlinkshop.com, with a street price of $199.
D-Link is the global leader in connectivity for home, small business, mid- to large-sized enterprise environments, and service providers. An award-winning designer, developer, and manufacturer, D-Link implements and supports unified network solutions that integrate capabilities in switching, wireless, broadband, storage, IP Surveillance, and cloud-based network management. For more information visit at www.dlink.com or connect with D-Link on Facebook (www.facebook.com/dlink) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/dlink).
About Boxee, Inc.
Boxee is a new way to think about TV. We believe TV should be personal. With a Boxee connected to your TV, you can watch any TV show from the Internet, movies from services like Netflix, VUDU, MUBI, and OpenFilm, and enjoy all the rest the Internet has to offer that will never make it to broadcast TV. We believe your TV should be connected to your friends. Boxee automatically delivers video recommendations from your friends on Facebook and Twitter to your TV and lets you share stuff with them from the click of the remote. More than a million people use Boxee to enjoy their entertainment. Learn how you can join them at www.boxee.tv.
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