It looks like Boxee, the combination social-networking and media streaming software, is growing up. Today, the makers of Boxee announced a new public beta of the software, which has remained in alpha since the Spring. Bigger still, the company announced that D-Link will be the first company to come out with a standalone set top Boxee device.
Called the Boxee Box, the D-Link device will attach to your home theater via standard HDMI, SPDIF or RCA cables and will connect to the Internet via Ethernet or 802.11n. With a remote control, users will be able to launch Web videos from popular sites such as YouTube or CBS interactive. They will also have access to social networking services like FaceBook, Flickr, and Twitter.
There’s no pricing yet, but the Boxee Box will be available in early 2010 and will be demonstrated at CES. We look forward to trying it there.
The new public Boxee beta features a redesigned user interface, better management of local (downloaded) content, better organization of TV shows, and an easier way to add “apps” to Boxee. Users who want to download the free public beta version of Boxee can wait until January 7 or request an early invitation.