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I see the promise of the Boxee Box. That much should be clear to most readers.
That said, I think mine is going to go back at this point. I believe Boxee is trying really hard to make it great and might get there eventually. I'm just not excited about also needing a remote to make it work with IR, the issues with how to balance the need to keep it on with the fact it uses a decent amount of power to do nothing, etc.
As far as Netflix, Hulu Plus, Vudu, I -- like many of you -- have something else and that something else is (a) already plugged in and (b) already works over IR. The "other channels" are mostly the kind of junk internet video I'd watch on my laptop anyway. I think I expected this to just be a great way to watch my ripped movies and also to support streaming services, all with a fast UI, a good power footprint, and really the ability to keep that inside "one activity" on the Harmony.
Fact is, support for Hulu regular was once going to be the selling point for this. I've moved on and realize that free Hulu requires a computer. Aside from the fact I generally don't need the stuff you get on Hulu Plus, I can't stand that Hulu Plus is literally missing scores of shows that are on Hulu. When that changes, the $8/month might seem less offensive.
I've been a big "one box to rule them all" guy but for whatever reason, we kept our DVD player in the mix to play DVDs despite the fact we've used the PS3 to watch BluRays. I guess that was an artifact of the PS3 pre-Logitech adapter, when the remote sucked. But months after that was fixed, my wife noticed me using the PS3 for a DVD and said "why don't we always do that?"
She was right of course and it made me realize what I'm after is "one new box maximum to handle streamed content the PS3 can't handle as well as my local files since the PS3 is so abysmal in that regard."
I've been explaining for months why Boxee needed to have Netflix commercially and yet that had no personal effect on me because my BluRay player -- a PS3 -- already has a great Netflix client. When it surprisingly also got Vudu, I felt that it was Amazon VOD short of perfection int the streaming / rental world. But Boxee doesn't add that to the mix, so it's hardly a reason for me to stay with Boxee.
Essentially, if I decide vanilla Hulu matters to me, I need a computer period. If I decide it doesn't and I'm willing to let the PS3 proscribe my online content world, what I want is an IR-capable, near-zero-power standby single box to play back my ripped movies and TV shows. That box is not the Boxee. And maybe it will be, but it just isn't.
There's a saying about "everything in moderation". If only it was applied to well, you know...