Pros 1. Runs (iso,avi, mkv etc)
2. Windows network detection. So, Is not streaming but Is reading the network drive as a file less, if ,stuttering.
3 Great feature: searching on internet the srt file.
4. Apps and repositories
5. great remote. qwerty.
Cons 1. The change in the flash player to 10.3 is not yet implemented
2. giving the complexity (is not a 1 button mp3 player) the settings are more difficult. (that means not plug&play)
3. some apps not working well
Summary Best thing up to now.
I recommend it. I've tried the 100$ first. Not sattisfied.
The web is working ok and remote is great.
I can watch my snooker on BBC tv - live, or Iplayer.
Boxee can "see" all the drives from my network and run movies, photos, music.
Till now is the best. Time will say if it will stay the first
Pros Plays any file type I throw at it.
Plays those file types through my home network (wired and wireless, no issues)
Netflix streams with no problems.
Lots of apps for additional content.
Upcoming HDTV antenna will be very welcome addition.
Cons Physical design is strange, but I hide it behind my tv, so not a problem there.
Doesn't always recognize SMB sources on the network automatically, but they can be added manually.
Summary I was prepared to buy an HTPC in order to get the functionality I wanted out of a networked set top box like this. That would have been more expensive and required a keyboard + mouse. No thanks. I love the Querty remote that came with the Boxee Box. One thing I kept thinking I would want was internal storage, but with the SD card slot and ability to stream movies from my roommate's computers over the network there's no need for the added expense and complication.
The setup is simple, not really elegant with it's odd shape and green LED logo, but overall does exactly what it was designed to do. People expecting it for less are still living in the times when SE Asia produces all of our electronics for places like Walmart for next to nothing. I realize SE Asia still makes most of our electronics, but the point is things could only be so cheap for so long and I am glad to pay $180 for such a great device that was birthed from an open source community.
Also, with the addition of the HDTV antenna in the next month (January 2012) I will be able to acces free over-the-air television through the Boxee Box and not have to switch to the antenna input on my tv ... and maybe one day attach a USB 2.0 hard drive for recording said programming. Woot!
Pros 1. 1080P video
2. USB drive support for watching your own videos
3. Remote with very functional built-in keyboard
4. Many "apps" to choose from
Cons 1. non-seemless access to many shows, apps and movies since apps connect to sites for content.
2. despite having an open source OS, the whole box is closed off customization
3. the user interface was changed drastically
4. support is horrible.
Summary I bought the boxee box thinking that I could customize it, get the great user interface that I was used to from the PC/Mac boxee app and my wife (who is Chinese), wanted to watch Chinese films. Well, the Asian fonts didn't work from the very beginning and it took well over a year for support to fix it. And, the more fixes that go on, the more the box is restricted from customization.
For my money, I think the box is worth maybe $79 or less for the less than seemless interface and support. If done all over again, I would probably get Apple TV or Google TV.
Pros [NB - I work for Boxee] Brings everything into one place - internet, files, and videos my friends share with me. has great networking support
Cons Needs a backlit remote, browser is slowly getting to be better, needs Netflix in the movie library, still waitng for Hulu plus.
Summary Think if you're interested in seeing where Smart TVs are going, the Boxee Box is a great choice - way more powerful/flexible than AppleTV or Roku with the added benefit over an actual Smart TV that if everything changes in 3 years time, you're not out another $1500 to replace your entire TV.
Pros none - this device sucks!
Cons The device has limited content in Canada
The movies aren't worth the time of day
It cannot link up with my computer to stream movies so why even bother
Air TV for Apple movies and TV doesn't work
Summary I bought the device so I could watch movies from my computer or paid content from apple device. It simply doesn't work a.nd cannot find my PC through the network. Save your money and don't waste your time.
I would give a zero rating but that is not available