Boxee beta goes public

Boxee is a great choice for those in the market for a free video and movie service, as it pulls content from many different sources, whilst maintaining an easy to use interface. Today, Boxee has just launched a new publicly available beta, bringing many long awaited improvements to its software.

As TechCrunch reported, the new beta brings an entirely new interface, with overhauled features and navigation. In addition to that, Boxee has switched from OpenGL to DirectX, adding to the fact that there is now support for hardware-accelerated video decoding on Windows. You can now choose to filter shows by season, and share favorites with friends using new social features embedded into the software. Aside from the new usability improvements, you can now obtain content from IGN, TV.com, and blip.tv, though Hulu is still a mixed bag in terms of content and reliability.

The Boxee team has stated that they wish to hit version 1.0 by the time the next CES rolls around, which gives them plenty of time to boost their service up a bit more. If you'd like to test out the new beta, head to the website and follow the instructions. Boxee is available on Mac OS X, Linux, Windows, and Apple's Apple TV device. Let us know how it goes!


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