Despite the fact that the Boxee Box seemed to be a fully functional device at CES 2010, D-Link announced Friday that it has delayed the shipping of the much-anticipated online HD media streamer until November. Originally, the player was slated to be available around the second quarter of the year, which is now.
According to D-Link, the reason for the delay is that the two companies, D-Link and Boxee, have decided to take "the time needed to deliver the product we've wanted from the beginning, one that exceeds your expectations and sets the standard for accessing stuff from the Internet and from your home network on your TV."
The Boxee Box is a media player capable of playing HD videos from the Web or from a local network in 1080p and it uses hardware acceleration whenever possible. It's also designed to provide TVs a full-featured browser experience, including support for Flash. The companies say they are trying to offer the device at an affordable price and make sure it won't become obsolete in just a year.
Currently, other media players are capable of playing local and online HD content, such as the Seagate GoFlex TV HD media player and the WD TV Live Plus (read CNET's full review). However, the Boxee Box also offers integration with social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, and it has a Web browser, much like that of the Google TV.
Though this is rather disappointing for Boxee fans, hopefully by the time it comes out, the Boxee Box will be a well-thought-out product that will be able to keep up with the demand for a long time, unlike other digital media players.
The WD TV Live Plus, for example, is the third hardware update in the last two years and the only version that can stream Netflix content. The previous models have all become sort of obsolete. The WD TV doesn't even have a network port, and the WD TV Live can only play back YouTube and Flickr.