To be frankly, the D-Link Boxee box is more an Internet TV box/a TV extender than a HD media player, but it absolutely is a considerable alternative of WD TV or Popcorn Hour HD players.
As a media extender, the device finds your favorite TV shows and movies on the Internet and puts them on your TV. Boxee offers a number of ways to go get content online — in addition to a partnership with Vudu and upcoming deals with Netflix and Hulu Plus, there’s also the web itself. Selecting content from Friends, Shows or Movies pops up a dialog box displaying all the potential sources available — services, sites, even local media if applicable — and selecting one means a number of different things might happen.
You can also add an external USB Drive to the Boxee box and play local movie collections with Boxee just like any other HD media player. While AppleTV is tailored to stuff you can play on your iPod, the Boxee Box can play almost anything that you can play on a computer – including every popular video, music, or photo format. Up to 1080p video can be handled well. Refer to Boxee supported formats below.
MP3, WAV/PCM/LPCM, WMA, AIF/AIFF, AC3/AAC, OGG, FLAC, Dolby Digital/Dolby True HD
Adobe Flash 10.1, FLV/On2 VP6 (FLV/FV4/M4V), H.264 AVC (TS/AVI/MKV/MOV/M2TS/MP4), VC-1 (TS/AVI/MKV/WMV), MPEG-1 (DAT/MPG/MPEG), MPEG-2 (MPG/MPEG/VOB/TS/TP/ISO/IFO), MPEG-4 (MP4/AVI/MOV), DivX 3/4/5/6 (AVI/MKV), Xvid (AVI/MKV), WMV9 (WMV/ASF/DVR-MS)
JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIFF
M3U, PLS, WPL
SRT, SUB, SSA, SMI, ASS
H.264: 1080p at 30 fps, 1080i at 60 fps;
WMV9/VC-1: 1080p at 30 fps, 1080i at 60 fps;
MPEG4: 1080p at 30 fps, 1080i at 60 fps;
MPEG2: 1080p at 30 fps, 1080i at 60 fps
The Boxee box is manufactured and offered by D-Link at a price of $199. You can get some discount if you purchase the box from Amazon.