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Get ready to order your Boxee Box: Amazon.com is accepting pre-orders for the online video set-top-box made by D-Link and Boxee starting today. The devices will ship in November and feature an Intel Atom processor as well as a brand-new version of Boxee’s media center software.

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Boxee and D-Link are announcing today that their upcoming Boxee Box will be powered by Intel’s CE4100 Atom processor. The online video set-top-box, which will ship in early November, can also be pre-ordered from Amazon.com starting today. The device is selling for $200 in the U.S., and will be launched simultaneously in Canada, the EU and Australia.

Boxee had previously said that the device would be based on NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 chipset. Boxee’s VP of Marketing Andrew Kippen told me this weekend that the Tegra chips fell short in the number of supported video formats, causing the two companies to switch to Intel instead. This switch also led to the delayed release of the box, which was originally scheduled to go on sale in June.

Kippen confirmed that the box will ship with the upcoming version 1.0 of Boxee, and he promised “a new look and feel” for the media center software. Boxee 1.0 is going to include a Webkit-based browser that’s supposed make full use of HTML5 and bring more web video content, as well as web apps, onto the TV. Boxee also said that the software will offer access to nearly 40,000 TV show episodes, and the company’s Lead Apps Developer Rob Spectre told me last week that Boxee users now have access to around 400 apps.

Boxee’s hardware will ship with a unique double-sided remote control, offering simple TV controls as well as a full QWERTY keyboard. The box is capable of playing full 1080p HD content and will come with integrated 802.11N wireless connectivity. It doesn’t come with any internal storage, but has two USB ports for external storage.

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  1. [...] Roettgers / NewTeeVee:The Boxee Box: Intel Inside, Now Available for Preorder  —  Boxee and D-Link are announcing today that their upcoming Boxee Box will be [...]

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  2. The link you’ve provided for the Boxee preorder is 404 as of 10:55am EST 9/13/10. Seems you’ve jumped the gun a bit. This link http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Fproduct%2FB0038JE07O&tag=boxee-20&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325 does take you to an Amazon page for Boxee, but it is just a signup for email alerts. They aren’t actually taking preorders yet.

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    1. Thanks for letting us know, updated the link.

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  3. This baby looks pretty hot. I want one :-)

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  4. I have officially crapped in my pants.

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  5. [...] It won’t ship until November, and when it does it will have new chips inside: instead of the previously announced Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset, the oddly shaped set-top will feature Intel’s Atom processor instead. The switchover was responsible for the delay, according to Boxee. [...]

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  6. Aamzon was taking orders for it earlier this morning. I placed an actual order and got emailed a receipt for the order with an order number etc.. don’t know why they aren’t taking them anymore.

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  7. still don't buy it Monday, September 13, 2010

    Still D.O.A. They basically built a netbook for $199. They can’t be making any money on this box.

    Won’t sell past the fan boys.

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  8. …too bad the design is just so hideous and unwieldy that I can’t use it in my setup.

    It would have been a cool box. Oh well, I will just have to get the Apple TV and hack it.

    Boxee…snatching defeat from the jaws of victory!

    I sure hope the poor design decision doesn’t sink them before they can re-deisgn it into a standard form factor and re-issue it.

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  9. [...] The release of the Boxee Box finally seems at hand. Boxee and manufacturer D-Link announced today that the hardware has been finalized and should ship in early November. Of note, the box will no longer be running on Nvidia’s Tegra 2 chipset. Instead, users will get a Boxee Box powered by the Intel CE4100 Atom chip. [...]

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  10. [...] The release of the Boxee Box finally seems at hand. Boxee and manufacturer D-Link announced today that the hardware has been finalized and should ship in early November. Of note, the box will no longer be running on Nvidia’s Tegra 2 chipset. Instead, users will get a Boxee Box powered by the Intel CE4100 Atom chip. [...]

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  11. [...] The Boxee Box is now available for pre-ordering today, after many months of eager waiting from Boxee users. I mean we played with one at CES back in January. Anyway, some hardware changes, as equipment maker D-Link announced that the set top box will be powered by Intel’s CE4100 Atom processor instead of NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 chipset. The Boxee Box starts shipping in early November. [NewTeeVee] [...]

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  12. [...] about playing in the big leagues. Boxee’s first hardware product, the Boxee Box by D-Link, has been available for preorder since yesterday, and it will squarely compete with similar products from Apple and Google. So how does Ronen feel [...]

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  13. [...] [NewTeeVee] Categorized under Amazon.com, Boxee, Boxee Box If you liked this post, subscribe to the Pulse 2.0 RSS feed. [...]

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  14. [...] But having seen Jobs present the Apple TV, and having endured a painful presentation of Google TV at Google I/O, I’ve now made up my mind: I’m going with Boxee for my personal living room set-up. In fact, I just put in my pre-order for the Boxee Box. [...]

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  15. [...] likely to come true now, ever since the release date was pushed back from the second quarter to early November. Not just that, but now both Apple and Google have announced competitive products ahead of [...]

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  16. [...] Sony is shipping its Google TV-powered Internet TVs this week. Boxee is getting ready to finally deliver its Boxee boxes, and Logitech wants us to pick up one of those Revue set-top boxes. And then there’s the new [...]

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