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Building a Home Theater box

Building a Home Theater box



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