D Link Boxee TV Media Player

Walmart # 550841730

D Link Boxee TV Media Player

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D Link Boxee TV Media Player
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Does Not Work At All

I just bought Boxee TV yesterday from Wal-Mart & it has not worked once yet. Every time I turn it on I get a solid RED SCREEN. A few times a solid BLACK SCREEN. That is all I have seen so far. Very very disappointed in this product. I was going to buy an AppleTV but I used to love the Boxee software on my PC & this has live tv support so I went with Boxee. Wow this seems like a huge mistake. I did some interwebs searches & I keep finding this very same problem happening with the Boxee Box. How could a company push the release of this product when it clearly don't work properly. Seems that more testing should have been done. Called Boxee customer support yesterday after 2 hours trying to get this to work stayed on the line for 10 minutes waiting for service & gave up. I think this weekend it will go back to the store. I will request the Wal-Mart manager & suggest he pull this product from his shelves & return it to Boxee.

Great idea, Poor execution

I really wanted to like the Boxee TV. I use an antenna to get the free tv channels and thought that it would be awesome to be able to record shows and watch them on my phone or ipad later. The best thing that I can say about it is that the interface is really nice. It looks good and it is nice to be able to see what is going to be on later on each channel. That is about the only positive that I have to say. With antenna hooked up to my TV, I get all local channels except for ABC. With the exact same antenna hooked up to the Boxee TV, I only got 4 channels and only 1 of them worked well at all. This means that the TV tuner used in the Boxee TV is extremely weak. The cloud DVR did not work and Boxee's excuse is that it is "beta". The most annoying part was that the Boxee TV would freeze and require me to restart it many times. However, pulling the power or pushing the restart button doesn't work the first time. It takes multiple times to get it to restart and start back up. As the title says, it really is a great idea, just poorly executed. If Boxee upgrades the tuners and updates the software, this could be a killer item. However, for now, it is just a piece of junk. I do appreciate that I had no issues returning it to Walmart.


I have used Boxee for several years and was very disappointed with this product. It has none of the features that made Boxee the best in class. It has Netflix and VuDu clients, but so does my TV, BluRay player, and Western Digital media player. My Samsung BluRay player has all the same apps plus several more. You can only access your personal media from an attached USB device. It has no support for DLNA or SMB shares. It takes about 30 minutes to setup. The unit requires and immediate upgrade out of the box and then you have to register with Boxee, using a PC or other device, and provide way to much personal information. The internet integration is excellent. Once registered you can use an iPad or tablet to control the device and select content to view. Overall it is no replacement for the cable box and it does not have enough features to justify the price asked.


I wanted a streaming media player for my new TV, and noticed Boxee offered a device which claimed to deliver broadcast TV channels as well. Pricier, but with that tantalizing bundle, fine. Ninety-eight bucks it is. The antenna failed to retrieve any signal at all, though placed in an area with known and reliable signal strength. The streaming device itself failed to establish a connection with my router, although my laptop in the same vicinity had no problem with signal strength. After failing to connect, Boxee simply entered a loop of shutting down, powering up, attempting to connect, and repeating. Worse, each time it rebooted, it displayed the Boxee logo...a five-second annoyance that was especially galling since it was the only screen this product managed to produce. It's back in the box and it's being returned to the store.

Don't buy if you live outside the specified areas

Good 1. If your computer monitor has HDMI input, you can connect it and convert it to a HDTV 2. It has Netflix, and you can watch it on TV or monitor with Wifi connections. 3. It reads the photos, mp3, and video files from the USB drive, it's not bad 4. The remote control is very simple, and easy to navigate and fast responses Bad 1. The output is only 720p, OK with the TV under 32 inches, I tried it on the 42 inches TV, the pictures is bit blurry and dark 2. The TV reception is not too good, hard to search all the channels, I use the small indoor antenna, I got all channels on the HDTV, but hard to search all channels on boxee 3. It said you can watch the stream TV on any device, but it's only works if you lives at the listed cities it mention, so it doesn't work for me because I live out of the areas. Actually the cities if has the services are very limited, only in the big cities 4. There is no power off button on that devices, and actually that device body becomes very hot after use it for about 30 mins, I don't like there's no power off button, and it keeps using the power.

Big disappointment

I have had this device for a week and it's painfully obvious that it was rushed to market for the holidays. I live in an area where the DVR is supported- but in reality- it's completely unusable. Even with the latest firmware update, recordings buffer every 5 seconds. Regular live TV watching works fine, as long as you have a roof antenna. However, you cannot pause live tv or set recordings from the remote. All video recordings must be set from the web interface on a computer. Unfortunately, the Boxee TV cannot be controlled by most universal remotes or extenders. It uses a remote control protocol (RCMM) that is not supported by the following Logitech Harmony models: (620, 628, 655, 659, 670, 676, 680, and 688.) I have my entire system hidden behind a cabinet, controlled by a Harmony and an unsupported Next Generation extender, so this alone is a deal-killer for me. If you don't mind dealing with multiple remotes and having your Boxee TV and wires dangling all over the place, then maybe you will not mind this. Netflix also played back without a problem for me. However, be sure you have internet access with no monthly data caps. The Boxee TV is constantly uploading data even if you are not recording anything. In two days, my Boxee uploaded nearly 80GB of data! I will be returning it soon to Wal-Mart, and I'm sure many others will be on Dec. 26th. (Check out the Boxee TV Facebook page- the majority of people commenting on there are returning it.) Very frustrating that a device with such promise can fail to deliver so badly.

Is there a lower rating?

I am not someone who reviews products nor do I bag on a product. I am a tech junkie who loves to try new things and gives a ton of room for things to be beta or working toward a better product but this product and customer support is the worst. It freezes in the middle of shows, it skips all around the show during playback and it is horrible at streaming through the web. I bought two of them and have learned my lesson- both of them are going back to WalMart tomorrow. DON'T BUT IT- YOU WILL REGRET IT.

Excellent idea, poor execution

In a period of 24 hours, this unit had to be unplugged numerous times as it froze or lost sound. Unit runs continuously, becomes hot and therefore wastes energy as there is no way to turn it off other than unplug it. Remote is not user-friendly and lacks typical tuner controls. The apps portion is poor and far behind the Roku 2 or Apple TV products. Included antenna is totally useless unable to receive local signals. Unfortunately D-Link is not known for quality products and they continue their tradition with this product. Overall this product should have never left the manufacturing floor and wonder if the engineering team actually used it.

Good over the air TV converter

I stumbled into one of these looking for a digital converter that my wife wouldn't fight with. I have a PS3, Roku, laptop, etc. Wife just wants something she can use easily to watch over the air TV. Boxee pulls in channels better than my existing digital tuners. Is very easy to use and as a bonus has apps like Pandora, etc. as well. As the saying goes, wife is happy, everyone is happy. This looks like it could turn into a Roku with a over the air TV converter built in. Only time will tell if it gets the same level of applications that the Roku has.

Great Little box so far.

Just got this box yesterday. This morning I canceled my Dish service and am currently watching the Steelers and Giants in crystal clear HD. I am able to pick up 12 free HD channels. Some of them are Fox, CBS, ABC, NBC, PBS, and Peachtree TV. This device was definitely worth it for me, and I reccomend it to fellow "cord cutters".
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