You can browse the internet (with the crappy Opera browser), but most importantly you can stream Netflix for free (something Xbox 360 doesn't offer, so much it requires a $20/month Gold account subscription, so much as it requires a $20/month Gold account subscription) and watch anything in their extensive database with a $8/month unlimited streaming account. And of course, nowadays you can find a Wii for $50-80.
|Bonjour,UPnP SSDP, UPnP AV, Windows Media Connect, Windows Media Player NSS, Samba,NFS|
|Media Servers: myiHomeLite, myiHomeMS (UPnP)|
|Third-Party Jukebox: Eversion/YAMJ, UMC|
|BitTorrent P2P, Usenet downloader|
|NAS Access : SMB, NFS, FTP|
|Supported Media File Formats|
|Video containers: MPEG1/2/4 Elementary (M1V, M2V, M4V),MPEG1/2 PS (M2P, MPG, DAT, VOB),MPEG2 Transport Stream (TS, TP, TRP, M2T, M2TS, MTS),AVI, ASF, WMV,Matroska (MKV),MOV (H.264), MP4, RMP4|
|Video Decoders: XVID SD/HD,MPEG-1,MPEG-2 MP@HL,MPEG-4.2 ASP@L5, 720p, 1-point GMC,MPEG-4.10 (H.264) : BP@L3, MP@L4.0, HP@L4.0, HP@L4.1,WMV9 : MP@HL,SMPTE 421M (VC-1) : MP@HL, AP@L3|
|Audio Containers: AAC, M4A,MPEG audio (MP1, MP2, MP3, MPA),WAV,WMA,FLAC,OGG,APE,TTA|
|Audio Decoders: Dolby Digital,DTS,WMA, WMA Pro,MPEG-1 Layer 1, 2, 3,MPEG-4 AAC-LC,MPEG-4 HE-AAC,MPEG-4 BSAC,LPCM,FLAC,Vorbis|
|Audio Pass-Through: DTS, DTS-HD HR, DTS-HD MA,Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD|
|Other Formats: ISO, IFO navigation,AVCHD navigation,Simple BD navigation|
|Photo Formats: JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF, TIFF|
|Subtitle Formats: Opensubtitle support, SRT, MicroDVD SUB, SSA, SUB/IDX|
|Cardea DRM (WMDRM-ND),Janus DRM (WMDRM-PD)|
|Sigma Designs SMP8647, 800MHz CPU with 256KB L2 Cache|
|512MB DDR2 DRAM, 256MB NAND Flash|
|HDMI, Component Video, Composite Video, Stereo Analog Audio, S/PDIF Optical, Digital Optical|
|Power LED and Attention LED, 5 x Host USB 2.0 (2 x Front, 2 x Back and 1 x Internal), 2 x internal SATA (one occupied by HDD tray), 3.5" HDD tray, Internal mounting for 2.5" HDD, 2.4GHz RF Remote Control, Infra-Red Remote Control port (Infra-Red Remote Control optional), 3.2" TFT Color Display, Mounting brackets for slim BD-ROM drive|
|Ethernet 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet, Wireless N USB dongle (optional), MN-200(Optional)|
|110-240V AC, 50-60 Hz, max 2.5|
|Width x Depth x Height : 425mm x 290mm x 80mm|
|Vented Aluminum Body, Fanless, Quiet Operation|
The Boxee comes with a two sided RF remote with a QWERTY keyboard on one side, which makes searching for shows a lot easier.
Lots of hype around this device and it looks fantastic. The only thing is that it's not out yet so the verdict's still out there.
My favorite and current media streamer. It has worked wonderfully for my needs which is basically to stream .avi, mp4, .mkv, or any other video file types I download from the net. It has never failed to play a file and runs super quiet and cool.
I have been wanting to upgrade since it's been a year or so old already and thought there might be better, newer devices out there like the popbox (which is made by the same company). However, current reviews of the popbox say that its buggy and I've also grown to love the radio frequency remote on the C200 (since I place my av equipment inside a cabinet) and the popbox does not have that. The other device I've thought about trying out is the new Apple TV. However, knowing Apple, it probably won't allow me to play any files I download off the net. Thus, probably will stay with the C200 until something better comes along.