Quick Look: BoxLet TV is an app that lets you use your Roku-connected TV or Roku TV to display photos or play videos stored in your Dropbox account. BoxLet TV does what it's supposed to do, streaming Roku-supported media photo and video files (see list below) from your Dropbox account, but it does not do it in a user-friendly manner. Each screen lists only six folders or files. If you don't see the folder or file you want, you'll have to scroll right and then wait for the app to load the next screen of folders or files - and this app is slower than similar ones in loading Dropbox content.
But the real failure of BoxLet TV is the inability to move from one file to the next within a folder without returning to the previous screen. Once you select a file, a photo for example, you have to use the back-arrow on your remote to return to the previous screen to select the next file. You cannot use the left and right arrows to move from one file to the next within a folder. BoxLet also fails to offer a slideshow option for photos.
There are other Roku apps that do a better job of streaming Dropbox media files to your Roku. Picta for Dropbox, for example, will let you continuously scroll through all of your directories and files without a pause to load after every six items. Picta also lets you move through files from within a folder, and it automatically moves from one file to the next (a press of the Pause button will stop auto-advance). Photos display in slideshow fashion, and video files autoplay one after the other. All that for only a dollar more than the handicapped BoxLet TV app. (Note: RokuGuide.com has no relationship with the maker of the Picta app and derives no revenue from purchases of the app.)
If you still want to purchase this app, here's how to set it up: After loading the channel, visit www.BoxLet.tv on your computer or mobile device. From that website you will need to sign into your Dropbox account and give BoxLet permission to access your audio files, images, and videos. You'll then be provided with a 6-letter code to enter on the BoxLet Roku channel. Note that after entering the six letters by highlighting each letter and pressing the OK button on your remote, you will need to press OK again - even though it appears that you're selecting another letter.
After entering the code, you will return to the homescreen where you can select from the following options:
- View - Loads a list of your Dropbox content.
- Info - Information on how to use BoxLet.
- Set - If you want to connect to a different Dropbox account after setup, select this option, use the back-arrow key on your remote to delete the current code, then visit www.BoxLet.tv to log into a different Dropbox account and get a new code.
Note: The following media file formats are supported by Roku:
Video — MKV (H.264), MP4 (H.264), MOV (H.264), WMV (VC-1, firmware 3.1 only)
Music — AAC, MP3, WMA, FLAC (firmware 5.3 and later), WAV (firmware 5.3 and later)
Photo — JPG, PNG, GIF (non-animated)
-- Information is current as of June 15, 2015
Developer's Channel Description: Now you can view your Dropbox pictures and videos on the BIG Screen
CHANNEL STORE CATEGORY: Personal Media
DEVELOPER: PlayAlong TV limited
FEES: One Time Purchase $1.99
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