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IP STB runs Linux, supports Netflix downloads

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According to DeviceGuru, which closely follows the IP set-top field, the Popbox will compete against other recent Linux-based IP set-tops, including Roku's market-leading Roku Player, and the new Boxee Box (pictured at right), which is designed by Boxee and manufactured by D-Link.

The Popbox appears to offer a range of support for streaming media sites that's similar to that of the Boxee Box, which in turn supports more sites than the Roku Player. However, the Popbox is said to currently lack support for YouTube due to legal restrictions. According to DeviceGuru, Syabas will demonstrate a Popbox prototype this week at CES in Las Vegas, running 20 apps that include Netflix, Mediafly, Weather Bug, Twitter, Facebook, SHOUTcast, and Blip TV.

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