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.
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.