I just had my cable bill jacked up 50% by Comcast which has got me thinking about ditching cable TV altogether. I started looking into set top boxes to see just what each box is capable of and the one that seems to stand out the most to me is the Boxee Box. What has me more interested in it than the Roku is that it supports the most popular file formats out there as well as providing easy support for streaming media from my PC. I was basically hoping I could use it as a cheap HTPC to stream movies and TV shows as well as taking advantage of Netflix and other online streamed content.
What I'm wondering is, does it actually do a good job of letting me stream internet content as well as local content? I've found a few reviews here and there that make it sound like it was a product that was still in beta at launch. However I've seen a few news items on Test that indicate the product has come a long way since launch to be much more polished.
So my question is, is Boxee worth it? Does it have a future? Are there other products I should be looking at or should I even be considering building a HTPC from scratch?
EDIT: Of course I somehow miss the set top box discussion going on two threads beneath this one. Feel free to delete this if it seems superfluous.