Streaming media has quickly become a significant component of entertainment in many people’s lives. For evidence of that, look no further than the statistics indicating that Netflix accounts for as much as 30 percent of all Internet traffic during peak hours. Streaming from the Internet, however, is only one way to get content to your media devices.
Boxee is an open source media center software alternative to many of the heavily commercialized, codec-light set-top boxes on the market. In its early stages, Boxee was only available for PC (Windows and Linx) and Mac users. Apple TV users could also convert their boxes into something useful. Boxee can play just about any video you download or create, as well as a large collection of online streaming content from Netflix, VUDU, and several TV networks.