I've been a happy Apple TV user for almost 2 years now, and I've toyed with Boxee a couple of times, so I think I can add something here. Neither Apple TV nor Boxee has me completely satisfied and I'm hoping Google TV, whether it be the Revue or a later product, will completely satisfy me.
One thing fact that seems to be getting lost on people is that the Boxee Box doesn't exist yet, and like the Revue, it likely won't be the only implementation of Boxee. (My own feeling is that they're too late and Google TV will blow it away, but I'm not convinced yet.)
Originally Posted by doctor media "Boxee has no internet browser"
Who cares. Like families sit around and read digg together...
1) I agree, to an extent. At the same time, though, no one used to use their phone to do the same. As websites are optimized for viewing on TVs, it'll at least happen some.
2) Boxee does have a browser.
Boxee has no remote control for other devices.
Thats why god made universal remotes....
Agreed, again. Compared to the Harmony remote that's included with the Revue, though, you're adding a significant expense. I personally think I'll continue using my Harmony 850.
Boxee can't utilize any music that is protected by DRM
DRM music is the work of Satan. Since Boxee is right with Jesus, it doesn't support the devils playground....
Agreed again, and, further, Google TV isn't going to play your iTunes DRM mp3s. DRM is also disappearing.
Boxee can't use Web Cams /Boxee can't view Security Cams
Because its an entertainment device, not a stalkers wet dream?
Boxee cant be used as Wireless N Ethernet Bridge
Because its an entertainment device, not a hackers wet dream?
Like you said before, who cares? Who does these things?
Boxee is not an open source Project that will allow anyone to create programs or apps for it
"Boxee features a Python Scripts Engine and WindowXML application framework (a XML-based widget toolkit for creating a GUI for widgets) in a similar fashion to Apple Mac OS X Dashboard Widgets and Microsoft Gadgets in Windows Sidebar. Python widget scripts allow non-developers to themselves create new add-ons functionality to Boxee, (using the easier to learn Python programming language), without knowledge of the complex C/C++ programming language that the rest of the Boxee software is written in. Current plugin scripts add-ons include functions like Internet-TV and movie-trailer browsers, cinema guides, Internet-radio-station browsers (example SHOUTcast), and much more."
If the Android SDK is any indication, Boxee isn't going to have nearly the useful apps that Google TV will. Your own example, Windows Sidebar, has a pretty limited number of gadgets, and the overwhelming majority are not very well written. I think Google TV ends up winning big time here.
Boxee has not reached out to other TV Service Providers to further deepen the content possibilities.
Like there is even a reasonable amount of viable options out there. Netflix is the only one I would pay for.
Uhhh, hello? Hulu? The problem here isn't that Boxee isn't reaching out, it's that they have absolutely no clout. Hulu forced Boxee to remove support (and they hacked it back in using the web browser for a miserable experience). Meanwhile, Google says they'll be supporting Hulu shortly. Technically, Hulu was able to do this over a year ago, but they don't have the business relationships (or, soon, the market share) to play ball.
Boxxe will not do do side by side Internet and TV viewing on one screen.
Does anybody really care?
Expanding the original point, it's the fact that Google TV is unifying all of your sources in to a single box that has me excited. Boxee was already a big step from Apple TV in this regard, and a big part of the reason I was planning on buying a Boxee Box up until Google TV got me even more excited.
Apple TV lists your iTunes stuff in one place and your media library in another. Want to watch TV? Switch sources to your cable box. Want to stream Netflix? Switch to your Xbox.
Boxee lists all of your available content in a single place. Want to watch a TV show? Click on TV Shows. Now I can see that I can watch Arrested Development or The Simpsons. If I watch Arrested Development, it plays from the shared drive on my PC in the other room. If I want to watch The Simpsons, it streams from Fox. Apple TV seperates different types of sources, but why? What do I care where the content is coming from? I just want to watch it, and I don't want to search in more than one place.
Google TV takes it a step further by integrating with your STB. Now, if I want to watch the House, it'll show me all the episodes I have on my DVR. And tell me a new episode is on TV tonight.
Edit: As for my first point, that neither Apple TV nor Boxee have completely satisfied me:
Apple TV is limited to 720p and doesn't stream anything but iTunes (and netflix with New Apple TV). It also relies on my library in iTunes and a pathetic list of supported formats (unless I hack it with different software, along with its awful interface).
Boxee has been a huge pain because I'm using it on an HTPC, and it totally feels like I'm using a clunky computer instead of a purpose made device. And I haven't been able to get everything working correctly, so I gave up and decided I'd buy a Boxee Box, which I'm also rethinking now. I think I'd be happy with the Boxee Box, but Google TV seems so much better.