Boxee Cloud DVR

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Tech Specs

Also Known As...

Alias Boxee TV

Hardware

Width 6.69 inches
Depth 3.82 inches
Height 1.57 inches
Color Black

Input ports

Coaxial RF input(s) 2
HDMI input(s) 1

Connectivity

Ethernet 1
Wi-Fi Yes
Built-in Wi-Fi support 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
USB 2

Bundled remote control

Connection type IR

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2.7

Average User Review

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    Reviewed by brandon.dean (Currently owns)

    This is embarrassingly bad.

    In full disclosure my Boxee TV was sent to me for free by their team, but using the device for weeks has worn away any good will that act would have created. In short, the Boxee TV barely functions at best. The problem seems to be that the hardware is completely incapable of handling the software it was designed to run.

    For a box designed to be always on, the device runs very hot. It run's so hot that it would be reasonable to be worried about the integrity of the internals. There is a reset button, which you will get to know rather intimately, due to the constant crashes and freezes.

    The Youtube app which despite having a nice design is painfully slow and laggy when not freezing or going into crashes that require reboots. The Netflix app is slightly less crash prone, but equally slow. However, if you try to access the Netflix app using it's dedicated button on the remote, it will almost always cause to Boxee to freeze and require yet another reboot.

    The Vimeo app is a welcome addition, but like the other apps, it is slow and unstable. Yet to make matters laughably worse, the app lacks of a keyboard meaning YOU CAN'T LOG IN TO YOUR OWN VIMEO ACCOUNT! There is even a button in the top corner of the screen asking you to join, but there is no way for the app to input text into the login screen. As a result, one is stuck looking at the stock curated videos with no control over what one watches. You can't even search because of the app's lack of a keyboard! Its like being in Youtube without an ability to navigate anywhere.

    I live in a market where cloud DVR is "active" but active doesn't mean "working". Sure it records shows, but not in a way anyone could call watchable afterwards. The audio and/or video drop out periodically, and every show I had recorded would make random jumps back and forth in the programs timeline (as if you chopped your show into chunks and shuffled them like a deck of cards). I would love to say that this was only occasional, but this happened with every single show my box "recorded" for me. The Cloud DVR is in beta, but can a Walmart exclusive use that excuse?

    In short, calling Boxee TV not ready for prime-time is underplaying it. This is pre-alpha software, on under-powered hardware. The fact that one of the few apps is missing a keyboard shows how sloppily this experience was cobbled together. With Roku running circles around this device in app selection, and with its signature cloud DVR feature essentially unusable, the only way this will make inroads into the set-top box market is through deception.

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    Reviewed by compassman (Previously owned)

    This product, as of when I had one, was a Norwegian blue parrot - beautiful plumange but dead. The good points were that it did have a TV tuner and did have HDMI output. The bad:
    - Very limited apps
    - Tuner only gave me 33% of the cable channels. I live between two markets so my standard cable service has both Milwaukee and Chicago channels. The Boxee TV had only the Milwaukee ones and not all of those. Also TBS, WE, BET and Univision were not picked up.
    - Worst customer support ever. I thought I was in the new AMC program The Techsupporting Dead. For example, I was supposed to provide them with TWCs support of clearQAM. I haven't a clue about what clearQAM is. (Neither does TWC support, but that is another disaster.) I was also told that this is a new product and they were still learning what the issues are. Well, I don't want to pay $100 to be part of an alpha test of this hardware.

    DLink rushed this product out the door. I would wait 6 months so that the significant problems (and, hopefully, the cloud DVR service) are resolved.

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    Reviewed by jmhalder (Currently owns)

    I picked up the Boxee TV on launch day at Wal-mart, I had recently moved out, and am now a "cable cutter", I purchased a Roku 2 XD, and was always kind of disappointed with the Netflix interface, and the interface in general, also it was somewhat underpowered. The Boxee TV seemed like the perfect device for me, TV + DVR + Netflix? Perfect! unfortunately that is not the case.

    The device shows noise on the TV when the screen is black, it's running in 720p over HDMI. You CANNOT schedule a recording for any show, either currently playing, or in the future, from the box. To record a show, you HAVE to go on the my.boxee.tv website. What other DVR makes you go into a web browser to record a show? You can't pause live TV. Shows that are recorded for me stutter and drop audio every few minutes, even though that same channel doesn't do that live. (speed shouldn't be a problem, I just did 25mbps down, 3.5mbps up). Also worth mentioning is that I get 20 of the 28 ATSC channels that are tuneable, the website only lets me schedule recordings for 3 of these channels (ABC, NBC, and Fox). The youtube app has a terribly laggy interface, and wouldn't play audio on a few videos from theverge's channel. The Netflix app is actually pretty good, nothing to complain about there.

    So basically I have a buggy box that I have to use a laptop to record a show from 1 of 3 available channels for DVR'ing. Not worth $99. They need a SERIOUS update, and quick.

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