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Ht Box

  1. 1. HTBox Home Theater in a box
  2. 2. Long-term Goal <ul><li>Provide turnkey solution providing access to free or low cost Internet video and audio sources
  3. 3. Leverage open source Boxee for its multimedia interface
  4. 4. Leverage open source Ubuntu Linux OS for its power and stability </li></ul>
  5. 5. Hardware <ul><li>Using off the shelf Intel-compatible hardware to minimize costs: </li><ul><ul><ul><li>Low cost, low power, Intel Core 2 Duo chip
  6. 6. Powerful, compact ASUS motherboard
  7. 7. Minimal ram (2gb)
  8. 8. Small SSD hard drive to lower energy and heat
  9. 9. HTPC case to look good
  10. 10. Windows media remote
  11. 11. Standard DVD player, optional Blu-ray DVD player </li></ul></ul></ul><li>Component cost from Internet retailer is currently approximately $350
  12. 12. Lower costs come with volume pricing </li></ul>
  13. 13. Software <ul><li>Use open source software to minimize costs
  14. 14. Leverage our extensive expertise in these software packages. We contribute to long running Linux blogs as well as being a moderator on the Boxee forums
  15. 15. Software would be streamlined, customized and branded </li></ul>
  16. 16. Boxee <ul><li>Boxee - </li><ul><ul><li>Powerful socialmedia A/V ui, based upon the solid, mature XMBC architecture
  17. 17. Supports a myriad number of streaming sites and local formats, including Hulu, Shoutcast, Comedy Central
  18. 18. Support for Netflix streaming video as well as anticipated for Linux version
  19. 19. Easy to customize, brand and update </li></ul></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Ubuntu <ul><li>Ubuntu -
  21. 21. The world's most popular Linux distribution
  22. 22. The only fully supported Linux distro for Boxee
  23. 23. Solid, mature, Linux platform with a great track record
  24. 24. V8.04 LTS has a promised 10 year support cycle </li></ul>
  25. 25. Customer Wishes <ul><li>Needs turnkey system to display the plethora of free streaming video and audio sources available today
  26. 26. A simple, easy to install and use multimedia box that looks good (with a very high “Wife Acceptance Factor”)
  27. 27. Must be easy to update and support
  28. 28. By playing local and Internet A/V, user can cut or eliminate cable TV costs </li></ul>
  29. 29. Fulfilling Customer Needs <ul><li>Customized, streamlined version of Ubuntu would boot directly into Boxee
  30. 30. Plug and play hardware would contain flexible output connections (HDMI, component, S/Video)
  31. 31. Wireless or wired Internet access means easy home network integration
  32. 32. Boxee provides, out of the box, access to all the big Internet streaming video providers </li></ul>
  33. 33. Cost Analysis <ul><li>Reduce or eliminate cable or satellite usage
  34. 34. HTBox is ready to play, yet still expandable
  35. 35. Boxee is ready to play, yet still growing in capabilities, with Netflix streaming and additional site support coming soon
  36. 36. Low power, quiet unit plays nice with current home theater setup </li></ul>
  37. 37. Strengths and Advantages <ul><li>By giving the consumer a turnkey Boxee solution, they can tap into the world of free streaming video
  38. 38. Also supports any local media, including pictures, music, and video
  39. 39. Plays DVDs and video up to 1080p via HDMI connection </li></ul>
  40. 40. Next Steps of Action <ul><li>Need to build a few boxes and get them out to press and other mover shakers
  41. 41. Street price would be about $450, possibly as low as $399 with volume pricing
  42. 42. Finish work on customized install of Ubuntu and Boxee for easy HTBox installation </li></ul>
  43. 43. Return on Investment <ul><li>10% of profit on every box sold?
  44. 44. Maybe we match (1x? 2x? 3x?) amount invested and he gets that % of equity? </li></ul>