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Roomate wants to get rid of her cable and is looking for a streaming device like Boxee.

I need a streaming device with:


-Web Browser (Boxee Box-$199.99)

OR

-Integrated Live TV + Powerful Antenna + DVR (Boxee TV-$99.99) (DVR-$9.99/mo)




Preferred additional options:

-Built in WI-Fi (Unable to get clear data on availability)

-Remote Control (Boxee TV-$99.99)

-QWERTY Remote Control (Boxee Box-$199.99)
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I don't have any experience with the Boxee line up but I've been playing around with cord cutting and various set top box replacements for a year or two, so i'll toss in my 2 cents.The Boxee TV looks pretty cool, but note that the Boxee Box has pretty much been abandoned.

I have a roku that used for a while. It will give you access to most of the apps that people like to see on a streaming box (netflix and hulu). It worked pretty good for what I wanted it for, the only draw back is no access to locally stored media and the interface was a bit slow and kind of clunky. Mine is a second generation, and it looks like the interface is much better in the roku3. you can attach an external hard drive to the r3 as well, sort of a kludge to access locally stored media. I don't know about browser access though, but with the simplicity of the remote I'm guessing no. No tuner or DVR, strictly a stream box.

I ended up shelving my roku in favor of.... an Xbox360 believe it or not. I hate bing and never use it, but there is a browser present. It has most of the major apps as well, but the real killer is local media access. You can set up a 360 as a windows media center extender and have total access to the media library on any other pc on the LAN, including music and (i think) pictures. And the pc can function as a DVR. Only draw back is you need a pc running win 7 or 8 with WMC on it, and it can be a bit of pain to set up and properly organize your media library. The plus with this set up is it's pretty much free if you already have a 360 and win7 PC. I've had all my media running through my 360 for just over a year now and I love it. The standard controller works really well for netflix (i recommend a chatpad for searches), but you might want a universal remote for media center (I use a harmony one). One caveat, i didn't cancel my cable subscription; I'm running it through my pc with a Ceton InfiniTV 4, so I was pretty much forced to set up my 360 as a set top box.

You should also look at the Hauppauge lineup. I haven't had any experience with these either, but I've heard lots of good things. WinTV-HVR-1950 or 2250 sounds like it should meet your needs

This pretty much goes without saying, but all of the 'smart' tvs and 'smart' blu-ray players i have tried are awful. Very clunky and slow to the point of unusable.
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Those happauge aren't going to work. This is to hook up to a TV, nothing to do with computers.

I think she's just going to do the Boxee TV
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The only problem with Boxee TV, is:
Quote:
WONDERING IF YOU'RE IN OUR NO LIMITS TERRITORIES
Boxee TV supports antenna users in the markets below. We’ll be rolling out No Limits DVR to pay TV users in these markets as soon as we can. Use the tool on the right to check for availability in your neighborhood.
→ Atlanta
→ Chicago
→ Dallas / Ft. Worth
→ Houston
→ Los Angeles
→ New York
→ Philadelphia
→ Washington D.C.

So unless you live in one of those areas Boxee TV = roku + antenna. They got hammered in the press when it released because they weren't terribly upfront that the cloud DVR was in beta and only available in select markets. Pretty much the only way you're going to get DVR capabilities when cutting the cord is to connect to PC in some fashion. If there's another option out there, I haven't heard of it.

Also, newegg currently has refurbed Boxee Boxes for $99, if you want to go that road
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