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Blockbuster box runs Linux

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Blockbuster announced a branded version of a IP set-top box and media player from 2Wire that runs Linux on a MIPS-based Broadcom chipset. The Blockbuster version of the 2Wire MediaPoint digital media player is used to download videos from Blockbuster OnDemand via broadband.

Blockbuster's MediaPoint appears to be an answer to the Roku Netflix Player offered by rival movie download service, Netflix. Developed by Roku, the Netflix Player also runs Linux, has a similar $100 pricetag, and offers similar capabilities, including Ethernet and WiFi. The Netflix player works with a subscription service, unlike Blockbuster's rental model, but in neither case are users permitted to store movies.

Meanwhile DRM-free (digital right management free) IP STB alternatives that run Linux have arrived, including Myka's TorrentTV, which offloads BitTorrent peer-to-peer duties from a PC platform, and the Neuros LINK, which works with its own free Neuros.TV service.

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