What do I replace my Boxee Box with? - AVS Forum
Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
post #1 of 11 Old 01-05-2014, 11:43 AM - Thread Starter
Newbie
 
rayf01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 4
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Liked: 10

I have a Boxee Box that seems to be on its last legs. The remote has went wonky and then completely died. I tried to re-pair it and replace the battery but it didn't work.

 

I stream video from my PC mostly, usually HD MKV files and I also watch Netflix, that's about it.

 

I need:

 

- Netflix capable - Ideally SuperHD compatible (Boxee wasn't)

- Play video files over my network, needs to support HD MKV files that are big, 1080p DTS etc.

- Optical Audio Out port

- HDMI for video

- Network capable, ideally over Cat5e but Wireless would also be beneficial.

 

 

Would it be better to build a small PC for this, or can I get away with another streaming media player?

rayf01 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 11 Old 01-05-2014, 11:58 AM
Member
 
wingzfan61's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 78
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 12
Whats your budget?

An htpc with xbmc is my preferred setup. Netflix can be loaded up through windows media center using a simple script activated from a remote or just find a cheap blu ray player. I grabbed one for $46 last week from best buy to handle netflix and pandora but i also use an apple tv.

But as far as Im concerned nothing beats xbmc for mkv's, avi etc.
wingzfan61 is offline  
post #3 of 11 Old 01-05-2014, 12:02 PM
Member
 
ash_man's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 170
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Liked: 21
Look for a used Boxee on Craigslist or Kijiji, that's what I do when they die, nothing beats the Boxee for simplicity IMO, HTPC's are great but they are so under used IMO for streaming and things like netflix. You can get netflix from an xbox, WD media player or cheap BR player.
ash_man is offline  
post #4 of 11 Old 01-05-2014, 01:16 PM
Member
 
wingzfan61's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 78
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 12
Biggest issues with boxee is its 100mb connection. Large 1080 rips take forever to load and often buffer. Beyond that is they die way too fast. Ive got a 10 year old dell htpc running to this day as a bedroom setup. Bought it used for $50 and will play a 40 gig mkv within 2 seconds and never buffer.

I just built a new living room system that will run at least 10 years for $320.
wingzfan61 is offline  
post #5 of 11 Old 01-05-2014, 02:36 PM - Thread Starter
Newbie
 
rayf01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 4
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Liked: 10

I'll have to look in to it then. My boxee runs 10-15 GB MKVs just fine. I don't play anything that is 40GB in size though.

rayf01 is offline  
post #6 of 11 Old 01-05-2014, 07:03 PM
Member
 
ash_man's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 170
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Liked: 21
You have a problem either with your network switch or your network, I play 20GB plus MKV files through my Boxee no issues at all, so the fact that its a 100MB interface on the Boxee is not an issue. Its true, their lifespan could be better, I've got one thats about 2yrs old and its still going strong. HTPC's are nice but they have so many components that can fail whereas the Boxee has none but itself that can fail. To each his own.
ash_man is offline  
post #7 of 11 Old 01-07-2014, 05:22 PM
Member
 
DMSUCHY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Oak Lawn, IL
Posts: 178
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
Same thing is going on with my Boxee, I'm considering a WD TV Live. But I'm also considering building a UnRAID PLEX server and stream to Roku 3s if I can figure it out.
DMSUCHY is offline  
post #8 of 11 Old 01-16-2014, 04:32 AM
Member
 
bsanf3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 22
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
Bummer Newegg is out of the refurb units, I should have bought more than one a couple of weeks ago.

NoBetterDeal has 1 left.
bsanf3 is offline  
post #9 of 11 Old 01-16-2014, 06:12 AM
AVS Special Member
 
Brajesh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Metro Atlanta
Posts: 5,921
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 147 Post(s)
Liked: 68
Since Netflix is a requirement, along with HD audio, etc., the only alternative to another Boxee would be a WD TV SMP.

HD Media Keen Videosaurus
Brajesh is offline  
post #10 of 11 Old 05-19-2014, 06:02 PM
Newbie
 
stirfr's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 1
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10

Yeah - my Boxee remote went wonkey too - replaced it with the 2032 lithium battery per the one that was in there - didn't work. Flipped the battery - Voila!

 

The marking "-" on the plastic of the tray is wrong! Just flip the battery so "+" is on the bottom. Brand new boxee controller!

stirfr is offline  
post #11 of 11 Old 05-19-2014, 09:42 PM
AVS Club Gold
 
aaronwt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Northern VA(Woodbridge)
Posts: 21,944
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 920 Post(s)
Liked: 811
I always look at the orientation of the battery before I remove it. Then just put the new battery in the same way. I still have three Boxee Boxes and remotes working fine. Although they have not been turned on much during the last year.
Since getting my A400's I stopped using my Boxee Boxes for the most part. I do wish they would have come out with a successor with a faster processor and fixed some of the issues it had. That would have been an excellent box. Instead we got the Boxee TV. Which I still have somewhere but I would have never purchased it on my own. Boxee gave me one.

40TB unRAID1--53TB unRAID2--36TB unRAID3
LED DLP
XBL/PSN: WormholeXtreme
aaronwt is offline  
Reply Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming

Tags
The Boxee Box By D Link Hd Streaming Media Player

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off