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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This reminds me of that other tv show program, which never really worked for me, but forgot the name

It has a nice interface but I'm much preferring XBMC right now.

Unfortunately these services are much better in the US as you have the likes of Hulu and Netflix...

Gave it a spin, it's a great application but most of the content is blocked for my region unfortunately. I do really like the user interface and how easy it is to control

Remysaus said,
Gave it a spin, it's a great application but most of the content is blocked for my region unfortunately. I do really like the user interface and how easy it is to control :)

Yeah, think most content is blocked for non-us

xbbdc said,
what does this add versus using xbmc or plexapp?

Its an online media portal. It brings a lot of the online streaming content all to one place. Finally now with the beta it will remember were you left off. That always ****ed me off in the alpha. So far what I don't like about the beta is the fact with a Microsoft remote the only way to bring up the menu bar is to hit the escape key.

the only plus i see is the "where you left off" part? so it remembers what?

plexapp has all sorts of streaming content in their app store. also having to log into this gives me privacy concerns...

Wow nice impression.
First you register, then you try to login but it say "Login Fail", So I try to retrieve my password. There send me a email with link to set a new password, if you click on the link then it says "Invalid Request".

Conclusion: Nothing is working on there website; sorry the download link is working fine but you can use the software as you need to login.

Again, hugely anticipated software release. It only just got released, give it a few hours. Remember how the Microsoft website worked for the Windows 7 beta?

So can somebody please tell me how this is better than Windows Media Center on Windows 7? I just got a TV tuner yesterday and i'm curious.

Media center's better for TV tuning, but it doesn't really do as much as the apps in Boxee can. I *think* Windows Media Center has the capability, but I haven't seen a lot of people take advantage of it.

its pretty cool, though vaximily is right its quite slow at the minute.


it doesnt seem to like my music and video library ethier, its only picking up 4 or 5 of the artists in my 100gb library and is totally ignoring all my movies and videos.

GreyWolfSC said,
Same here, but that only makes the signup rubbish. :)

It won't let me log into the program either. I am VERY upset.

It worked perfectly for me the very first time... and is now connected to Digg!, Facebook, and NetFlix =)

1. It is running a bit slow, probably inundated with requests from the Neowinian community.

Considering this is on a lot of tech sites right now, and is one of the most anticipated software releases of the month, you can expect some hiccups with the service for the first few hours as people get a bit excited.

GreyWolfSC said,
Same here, but that only makes the signup rubbish. :)

A broken non-functional sign-up system doesn't leave for good first impression, and first impression is everything.

If they can't get the sign-up code working correctly, why should I believe they can develop a program that's worth sneezing over?

Simon said,
Considering this is on a lot of tech sites right now, and is one of the most anticipated software releases of the month, you can expect some hiccups with the service for the first few hours as people get a bit excited.

Hiccups are not acceptable to consumers that have waited months or years for a product. Now, I'm not sure how long Boxee has been in development, but let's just say it has been 3 years. Then it finally goes to public beta and everyone is jumping for joy because they have waited years for this product to be launched and they give it a shot just to find out they can't even log in! I don't know about other people, but it's going to lead me to think "What the hell have these people been doing for the last 3 years?"

Not to mention, something that is featured on tech sites and considered the "most anticipated program" of the year only makes it worse when something as simple as ... sign-up doesn't work correctly.

Maybe I'm overreacting -- or maybe I'm just giving them the criticism they deserve -- hell, who knows (or cares for that matter)!