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pcgizzmo
February 3rd, 2010, 11:03 AM
Is there anything you would not be able to do using the appliance vs. downloading the software on your PC? Just trying to figure out which way to go. Thanks....

cogadh
February 3rd, 2010, 11:39 AM
Software-wise, the Boxee Box will be the same as what you can download for your PC, however, the box cannot do Netflix like the software alone can when paired with a Mac or Windows PC (limitation of Linux). Hardware-wise, the major difference between the box and Boxee on a PC is storage. The Boxee Box has no internal storage for your videos, pics and music but still can access network sources as well as USB connected external drives.

NomadDNA
February 3rd, 2010, 12:10 PM
Even though the box is linux based, I'm nearly positive it will be able to run Netflix. agentlame makes a good argument for Boxee+Netflix's good relation, and the flexibility of linux

cogadh
February 3rd, 2010, 12:25 PM
If it can run Netflix, then it going to have to be something fundamentally different from what we currently have in Boxee, which is just using Netflix's existing web structure. That structure is dependent on Silverlight, which we all know has no fully-funtional Linux equivalent. I do agree, Boxee and Netflix do work well together, but if they have the ability to give Netflix access through the Boxee Box which is reportedly running Linux, then why haven't they done the same for the Boxee software running on Linux machines?

DPK
February 3rd, 2010, 12:29 PM
If it can run Netflix, then it going to have to be something fundamentally different from what we currently have in Boxee, which is just using Netflix's existing web structure. That structure is dependent on Silverlight, which we all know has no fully-funtional Linux equivalent. I do agree, Boxee and Netflix do work well together, but if they have the ability to give Netflix access through the Boxee Box which is reportedly running Linux, then why haven't they done the same for the Boxee software running on Linux machines?

Could be that they wanted to just get an initial app out there for Mac/Win just so they could say "we have Netflix". Now that they have something basic we might see a better Netflix app as a whole for all systems.

My theory anyways.

jmilum
February 3rd, 2010, 07:28 PM
The Roku player runs an embedded linux OS and it's able to display Netflix, perhaps Boxee can get access to the same methods Roku uses?

Automate
February 3rd, 2010, 09:11 PM
As I understand it all the Netflix players running Linux (Ruko, TiVo, etc) have a DRM chip so they don't have to do it in the Linux software.

Also, these hardware devices are the only ones that Netflix will allow to receive HD movies. They are afraid someone will use a PC to defeat DRM and make copies of the HD movies.