D-Link, best known for its networking products, has signed
to create the Boxee Box – a standalone hardware device that will become
available in the first half of 2010. Pricing on the device is still being
determined. D-Link will tap its network of etail and brick and mortar retail
partners to carry the product.
The standalone device means people won’t have to task a
computer to run Boxee- and won’t have to go through the sometimes complicated
process of setting a PC up to run on a TV screen. The Boxee Box will come with
an HDMI port, 802.11n WiFi (as well as wired Ethernet) and two USB expansion
slots to allow for expansion.
"We are happy to be working with D-Link as a hardware
partner because we share the same vision for creating solutions to help anyone
get the most out of technology," said Andrew Kippen, vice president of
marketing for Boxee. "D-Link has great reach and together we are able to
offer consumers an attractive inexpensive solution to bring the Boxee
experience directly onto the TV."
Boxee has had a big past couple of days, signing deals with
Clicker and Sony’s Crackle division. A new beta of the product launched earlier
today as well.
Still missing is a Hulu partnership, which could give the
product a real boost at retail – but the announcement of a physical hardware
product is a big step in getting the application into homes.