The announcement was expected since last month, and arrived yesterday: the Boxee development team launched a new beta version of its software with a completely renewed interface and revealed a partnership with D-Link to manufacture its own set-top box.
Boxee Beta is the first to support Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and will be publicly available on January 7, at CES 2010. It comes with a series of new features, redesigned look, recommendations via Facebook and Twitter, ability to monitor your favorite shows and more.
Movies and TV shows now include local and online content. Everything is organized by season and episodes, allowing you to filter for what is available for free or not. The system also incorporates the Boxee Queue, which functions as a queue of desired / pending content.
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Coming to fight with the Apple TV, the Boxee Box promises access to a much larger collection of contents and comes with nice resources for organizing and reproducing various media and access to online sources, such as Pandora.
The device manufactured by D-Link will offer multiple connections, such as HDMI, SPDIF and RCA Audio, in addition to two USB connectors, SD card slot for expansion and 802.11n Wi-Fi and wired Ethernet connectivity.
The product hit the market in the first half of 2010, probably for $ 200.