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Boxee Road Trip - Part 2 + Boxee RV Kegger

So we had arrived in Atlanta, anxious to see how the night’s meetup (and BBQ) would turn out.

Boxee Atlanta Meetup

We arrived at the new Engauge offices at 5:30. Little did we know that the team there (Thorin, Tomer, and many more) had set up Atlanta to be our most successful meetup and some delicious Golden Maple Food BBQ. Over 150 people showed up to hear Andrew and Avner talk Boxee, answer questions, and develop plans with Tatum and Yuval for upcoming apps and Boxee Box projects. We gave away T-Shirts and a Boxee Box to everyone who competed in our stupid human tricks project - the winner @curiousjohn managed to pull some Cirque de Soleil type moves with our own Idan Cohen. John had us all sign the box, and he’s selling it to raise money for DonorsChoose.org and an upcoming trip West.

Atlanta_Meetup

A big thanks to Engauge and our food / beer sponsors Anteo for helping us throw a killer meetup… we could not have done it without you.

On The Road to Louisiana

Invigorated by the wonderful BBQ at the Engauge party, we traveled to Greenville, AL in search of more. We arrived at a 12′ x 8′ BBQ stand in the parking lot of a gas station. A few slices of brisket, beans, ribs, and pork sandwiches later this had become one of our favorite stops along the way.

Real Pit BBQ

We drove through Southern Alabama and became enamored with the Gulf Coast landscape. We decided to stop in Gulfport, MS to drink it in… We drove along Highway 90, took in the beach, the sunset, the ocean, and then stopped to shoot things at the Gun Ho shooting range.

Relieved of 1300 miles of stress, we set back out on the road for New Orleans. I’d forgotten how different New Orleans feels from any place else in the US. Colorful and intricate, New Orleans welcomed us with open arms quieted from Mardi Gras just 2 days before. Stands still marked the parade route that escorted us to our meetup at Twist. A little chicer than the dive bars and rock and roll clubs we’re used to, Twist proved a great venue for our meetup. We had a chance to chat with users, do a walkthrough of the Boxee Box software, answer questions and giveaway a Boxee Box after our first ever trivia contest. A big thanks to Jeffrey K. for helping us organize this event and we hope you got the Boxee Box we left for you.

The next morning we set out early to enjoy a swamp specialty - Air Boat rides. Avner, Idan, Tatum, and Andrew had a boat with two Brits and Cap’n Monkey (he’s been on the Bayou since he was 7). We saw lots of gators out since the sun was shining. We even had the chance to play with a baby gator that Cap’n had stashed away to show a group of kids later that day. He explained to us the gator would be docile until he warmed up a bit so Avner said, “let us handle him first then and then you can give him to the Brits.” : )

Tatum & Idan On The Air Boat

After the airboat tour we continued our adventure into manifest destiny, all while coding and emailing via our Verizon MiFi in the SUV. We rolled into Perjean’s for some delicious Cajun food for late lunch, hit up Target for blankets and pillows since our RV didn’t come with any (don’t ask and don’t rent from American Dream Vacations), and tried our hand at picking up an iPad 2 at Best Buy (they were sold out).

With all these pit stops we arrived in Austin on Friday night at about midnight. We picked up the RV in the middle of the night, drove to our favorite Austinites Henric and Melissa’s house, and then ventured into downtown Austin for some amazing Korean Taco Truck action at Coreanos. We highly recommend the Three Wise Fries.

SxSW

Saturday we continued last year’s morning ritual of breakfast & coffee at Jo’s, then focused on working from the RV and planning for Sunday’s Boxee party. That night we headed into town and got dinner at Lambert’s BBQ - an Austin favorite - and then headed to the Foursquare party where we proceeded to own the dance floor with @baratunde, @elspethjane, and many other friends for 2-3 hours. Highlight of the night? Avner walking onto the dance floor with white sunglasses and his hoodie on… We didn’t know quite how we were going to top off the dancing and we weren’t ready to go home so we cabbed to the RV, grabbed as many fireworks as we could carry, and then set off for a spot near the river.

It took us about 10 minutes to set all the fireworks up - mortars, bottle rockets, saturn batteries, and more… probably at least 100 total. We picked our escape route, distributed poison pills, lit punks, and proceeded into fits of joyful adolescence as splashes of color popped across the midnight Austin sky. We ducked, dispersed, and disappeared quickly only to realize that no one had come after us. We walked slowly back to the RV, the merry firework misfits that we were and slept like rocks.

Boxee Kegger

The next morning we had port-potties, tables and chairs all at the ready in Henric’s backyard (he continues to invite us back each year!). The first Boxee fans arrived at 1pm on the dot and more kept coming. Ready at about 1:45, around a 100 lbs of sausage and brisket from John Mueller disappeared in about 25 minutes. Fortunately our kegs of Shiner Bock and Sonos boomboxes held strong throughout the afternoon. All in all we had about 300-400 people come out to our South Austin backyard BBQ, a 30% increase from last year (even when we were farther away from the convention center). It was a great chance to connect with users in a relaxed atmosphere and wonderful people who showed up.

John Mueller BBQ!

The highlight of the afternoon was our contest to giveaway a Boxee Box. Andrew once again orchestrated a heated battle of Stupid Human Tricks. People popped ears, twisted tongues, and stretched skin to win. Chris L. from TMZ wooed the crowd with a magic trick, Tom D. created an image of a man washing his backside in a spoon, but the ultimate winner leapt into first place by clearing a 6ft picnic table lengthwise with a running jump. If you’ve got photos of the event - please share them in the comments! Thanks to everyone who showed up and we’re looking forward to keeping in touch.

The next day we caught an early morning flight to NYC to get back to the cold and start recovering from the BBQ addiction we were beginning to develop. Thanks Richmond, Atlanta, New Orleans, and Austin for a great trip. We can’t wait to do it all again next year!

Oh, and just because I can… here’s this again:

Let Avner live in your driveway!

March 17, 2011 at 11:53 am

Boxee Road Trip - Days 1 & 2- The Richmond & Road Report

The #BoxeeRoadTrip has begun!

I spoke with Avner on Sunday and went over the plan. We had Boxee Boxes to give away. We had T-Shirts. Stickers are arriving Saturday. Hotel reservations had been made. The playlist had been made. And we had a stunning Minivan waiting for us at Hertz. “Do we really have to drive a loser cruiser?”, Avner asked. I did my best to sell him while agreeing with him in the back of my mind.

Day 1 (NYC - Richmond)

We finagled a SUV instead of a minivan and left New York at about 11:30. By 11:52 Idan had crawled into the back and gone to sleep. Avner played DJ and navigator - “just keep how you’re going,” he was happy to tell me. Tatum answered emails and looked longingly out the window. Andrew drove and wore a big belt buckle since he claimed “we’re headed south. it’s good to blend in.”

Our first dilemma was lunch. In addition to meeting users, we were really hoping to explore the local food scene. A Yelp search for nearby 4+ star restaurants later we were 8 miles off the highway for Vietnamese at Pho Nhu Vo. We realized we might have been led astray when one comment mentioned, “‘I’m giving it four stars because it’s in Delaware. Near a spot on Route 40 where the road expands to SIX eastbound lanes (including turning),” but we decided to press on. Fortunately the pho and bun bowls hit the spot.

Next up? Coffee. We searched and found Grape & Bean that served Stumptown, Blue Bottle, and Counter Culture coffee. We got off Whoot 95 South and cut into Alexandria, VA to enjoy our afternoon coffee and tea. After driving over an hour from Vietnamese, Grape & Bean was closed. At 4pm. On a monday. WTF? We stumbled around Old Town (see picture below) and traded coffee for dessert at La Madeleine.

Idan & Andrew Road Trippin'

We hurried through Alexandria traffic, passing the NSA, Quantico, and all the other famous places you hear about in spy movies to finally make it to the Capital Ale House in Richmond. $2 cheeseburgers, a great beer list, and our own private room - could not have asked for more. Met with Brad, Frank, Johhny, Pam, and many others to talk about where Boxee has come from and where we’re headed. We also heard a Bill Murray “they’ll never believe you” story where he tackled a kid in a hotel hallway. I’d love to have the people at the meetup comment about what their favorite part was.

Day 2 (Richmond - Atlanta)

We set off Tuesday morning in search of coffee. We headed to Rostov’s coffee, touted to be the best in town. Once there Andrew perused their massive selection of teas and chatted with one of the shopkeepers in French while Avner talked politics and healthcare with the owner. We left for the pastry shop they recommended called Jean Jacques which we walked in and immediately out of. New York has spoiled us with fresh pastries.

We landed our first major road trip bingo win when Tatum got a speeding ticket in Brodnax Virginia. Thankfully Idan had no problem blatantly photographing the whole affair (complete with Milano cookies). We tried to make the blog photo more dramatic by asking the officer to pose while frisking Tatum with his hands on the hood… there must be drug mules along this route and we think our driver must be one of them. Unfortunately he wasn’t willing to comply with our requests so we took down his badge number and name to take it up with the judge.


Tatum's Police Encounter

With the first ticket behind us we hit the road with reckless abandon headed for Greensboro North Carolina’s Stamey’s BBQ - had some delicious vinegar based BBQ pork, cole slaw, and hush puppies. Andrew says he’s still partial to Texas BBQ, but we think it’s more nostalgia than anything else. Salt Lick outside Austin will help us judge. From Stamey’s we made our way towards Atlanta, but on the way we passed by something magnificent… a fabled Muffler Man.

The first figure was a Paul Bunyan, done for the PB Cafe on Route 66 in Flagstaff, Arizona in about 1962. Most of the statues were derivatives of that mold — fill in the beard in the mold, or add a new chest for Indians, etc. This was created by a fellow named Bob Prewitt, who owned Prewitt Fiberglass. Bob was a cowboy, and his real love was rodeos. He had a bunch of cowboys working for him between contests. You can read more about muffler men above, but needless to say we had to turn around and take some photos.

Muffler Man 2

We knew the excitement of a quasi-Muffler Man sighting was going to be hard to top. Little did we know the Shelton Fireworks Warehouse would be there to blast our excitement into a childlike frenzy. It’s one thing to buy fireworks when you’re a teen and you’ve got to be selective. It’s a wholly different experience when you’ve got some disposable income, a big SUV, and a whole lot of country around you to light them off. It was like Toys R’ Us for adult boys. $200 worth of fireworks later our car is set to explode like a Robert Rodriguez movie if we get into an accident.

With all this gunpowder in the back we decided it was best to pull into the next truck stop and do some donuts. Andrew had tried unsuccessfully to get some donuts going on flat concrete earlier in the trip, but this time we had some gravel to work with. Idan balleted our Yukon around the parking lot of a truck rest stop like a drift racer. As the natives started to make their way over to determine what the hell was going on, we shot out of the parking lot on an adrenaline high… ready for wherever the road would take us.

After one more coffee stop, we made it to Atlanta.

We’re currently working from Octane coffee shop in Atlanta where we’ve had the first great coffee since leaving NYC. We’ll report back in tomorrow after tonight’s Atlanta meetup… 280 RSVPs and counting

March 9, 2011 at 4:00 pm

$16.5M More For Boxee To Invest In The Future Of TV

We are happy to announce that Boxee has closed a $16.5M round of financing featuring new investors Pitango and Softbank, with participation by prior investors General Catalyst, Spark Capital and Union Square Ventures. Isaac Hillel from Pitango will join our board.

Our previous round of financing was $6M and at that time we were 12 employees, our software was in alpha and the Boxee Box was a dream. Fast forward 18 months and we are a different company. 34 employees, ver 1.0 of the software and the Boxee Box is available in more than 30 countries.

We are more hungry and driven than ever. Less naive, but dreaming even more ambitious dreams. We are also recruiting, so if you are a Boxee fan and passionate about what we’re doing then maybe you can join us in either NY or TLV. Check out our jobs page.

With the new funding in place we will be focusing on 3 main things:

  • Product - We are getting lots of love as well as feature requests and bug reports. The new round will enable us to grow our development team, building new functionality while continuing to squash bugs.One of our greatest challenges will be to add more movies, TV shows, and video while at the same time making it easier to discover and watch them. We have ideas on both fronts and are excited to get to work.Many of you would like to see Boxee handle all the video on their TV with no need to switch inputs. We’d like to get there, too.
  • More Content – We recently added Netflix and Vudu to the Boxee Box. These are amazing video services. There are many more sources of content on our ToDo list in the US and internationally. We realize that with every new content source we make Boxee more valuable. We will increase the pace.
  • More Partners – D-Link is already shipping the Boxee Box, Iomega is working on a Boxee NAS device and ViewSonic is working on a TV based on Boxee. We plan to sign up more device and distribution partners, giving users more options and more ways to get Boxee.

We are really excited to welcome our new investors and thankful for the continued support of our existing investors. Most of all we’re happy that we get to continue to improve Boxee for our users.

March 1, 2011 at 8:00 am

Road Trip to SxSW: featuring Richmond, Atlanta and New Orleans Boxee meetups

Rather than fly out to SxSW we decided to make a road trip out of it, with stops/meetups at Richmond, Atlanta and New Orleans. Besides doing a meetup in each one of these cities we’d like to meet and talk with users, students, and developers. For our time in Austin we will stick with is what now a Boxee tradition: a Boxee RV and a Boxee kegger.

With this in mind, we need some help from Boxee fans out there. Please leave a comment if you can help with any of the items below:

  • Venue for meetup in each city - if you live in Richmond, Atlanta or New Orleans and have an idea for a venue (bar, big office, club, university) that can host ~ 100 people
  • A fixer - in each of these cities would be great if we would have a local “fixer” that can help secure the venue, arrange for drinks, food, sound system and in general be able to hustle.
  • Great stops along the way - any good ideas for must-stop spots along on our way. this is our current drive plan: http://goo.gl/maps/yxMO.
  • Bail agent - as a cab driver in vegas once told me “when in a new town, it’s always good to have a phone number for a good bail agent”

On the morning of March 8th we will pick up a Jeep Cherokee (or something similar Hertz tells us) and get going. We will drive it like a rental, play loud music, moon fellow travelers, eat greasy food, stay in cheap motels. We’ll also be giving out T-shirts & Boxee Boxes by D-Link along the way.

Currently our schedule looks like this (click on a Meetup to RSVP):

**UPDATED March 7th (Mon) - Richmond Meetup

March 8th (Tue) - meetup moved to Monday

March 9th (Wed) - Atlanta Meetup

March 10th (Thu) - New Orleans Meetup

March 11th-12th (Fri-Sat) - Drink. Party. Meet with people. Dance.

March 13th (Sun) - The 2nd Annual Boxee SxSW Kegger (1p - 5pm)
If you were there last year you know it was a good time. We’re going to try and keep the same easy going atmosphere this year so you can just come out and meet good people, have some food, and have a few drinks. We’ll send out more updates as the date gets closer.

March 14th (Mon) - Fly back to NYC. Start cleansing process.

February 16, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Happy Valentine’s Day: Netflix on the Boxee Box

We are happy to announce that TV shows and movies streaming instantly from Netflix are now available on the Boxee Box by D-Link in the US and Canada.

Netflix support was the most common request we had on our blog comments, forum posts, tweets, etc. We heard you loud and clear. We were bummed that we could not make it happen earlier, but are very excited to have it out today.

To instantly watch movies streaming Netflix on your Boxee Box, you’ll need to update the software on your Box - it will update automatically to the new version (1.0.4.17443) within the next 24hrs or you can manually check for the update by going to Settings>System>Update.

I’ve been a Netflix member for years now, and anxiously waiting for the day when I could use it at home on my Boxee Box. For only $7.99 a month this is a no brainer. It’s not just about movies, I just finished the last season of Spartacus, and I’m now watching Season 2 episodes shortly after they air. Netflix already has more than 20M members, if you’re not one of them you should sign up for Netflix now. They have a one month free trial.

Netflix on the Box will simultaneously launch in Canada. Netflix on the Box is different from the version you see on the PC/Mac versions of Boxee. It has the brand new Netflix UI which they constantly update, test and improve. Additionally there’s more discovery options featuring unique Netflix recommendations and many of the movies are available in HD. If you are a Netflix fan, you will love it. Order a Boxee Box from Amazon here.

Below is an amateur video of Andrew by Andrew showing Netflix running on the Boxee Box:

Now that you’ve seen it in action, pick up a Boxee Box today.
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Included in this release is a new Application signing process was introduced with this version. If you are hosting your own Applications Repository, or developing applications on the Boxee Box, make sure to sign up at http://www.boxee.tv/developer, and generate the required keys.

If you are a Boxee Box user who is having an issue with an App in an external repository, please contact the developers and inform them of this change.

Check out all the updates to the firmware here.

February 14, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Netflix Update

We’re in a bit of an awkward spot at the moment.

The Netflix app is up and running on Boxee (we watched the intro to Full Metal Jacket earlier today), but we have not yet satisfied Netflix’s security requirements. We anticipate availability soon. It’s terrible to be so close to releasing and yet still be waiting on one thing to fall into place.

There’s not a day that goes by without dozens of emails, comments, tweets, asking about Netflix. We all want it. We hear you in every medium (even audience cries at the Crunchies) that you tell us you want it and we’re doing everything we know to do to make this happen as quickly as possible

February 1, 2011 at 12:05 am

Firmware Update is out, VUDU on the Boxee Box Rox Our Sox

We have released a new version of the Boxee Box firmware. Your Box will update automatically within the next 24hrs or you can manually check for the update by going to Settings>System>Update (this is the update we tried to get out last week, but had to pullback after we received initial critical bug reports). Our apologies to those who had issues with the previous version and thank you for your patience (and that of your significant other).

As always there are many bug fixes and in this case lots of work on the Boxee Browser, but the big news in this release is VUDU (VUDU is available only in the US).

VUDU

VUDU on the Boxee Box means: access to the largest selection of HD movies on-demand, new releases (same day as DVD), thousands of movies available for rental at $2 for 2 nights (in standard definition). We are psyched.

The VUDU HDX format on the Boxee Box is a match made in geek heaven! (that normal people will appreciate, too). Video is 1080p HD at 24 fps. Sound is Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround. It takes advantage of some crafty engineering from VUDU dubbed TruFilm™ which optimizes the encoding, transmission and display of HDX movies on 40-inch HDTVs and larger screens. It’s kind of hard to believe this stuff is coming over your Internet connection.

Invite some friends over. Rent an HDX movie. You are guaranteed to gain new respect for your geekness and pass the crucial WAF test.

VUDU is offering every new user who signs up on the Boxee Box a $5.99 credit towards a first rental/purchase. Take advantage of it!

We’ve heard from many of you about Netflix as well - we are working on it and will post another update next week on the subject.

Here are the firmware upgrades included in today’s release:

Enhancements:

  • Settings to control de-interlacing and video filters configuration
  • Support for language selection in subtitle/audio
  • Forced subtitle automatic selection during MKV file playback
  • An option to ignore the prefix in the sort order for movies/albums/artists which start with ‘The’ and ‘A’ (big one!)
  • Enhancements to Browser performance
  • Browser opens in lower resolution to allow easier reading of text
  • Browser is zoomed into Video by default for non auto full screen websites
  • Direct launch of website when defining full URL in the search bar
  • Preselecting the current chapter when opening chapter selector for MKV/BluRay

Bug Fixes:

  • HTTPS support for the browser
  • 4:3 Videos Stretched to 16:9
  • MKV Chapter Time is Displayed Incorrectly
  • Audio dropouts in DTS-HD audio
  • Improved WTV support
  • 3gp playback errors
  • Improve BluRay titles loading time
  • Allow larger subtitles time offsets
  • Audio re-buffering when entering commercials in TV episodes.
  • Viewing “Info Menu” while watching 24hz videos cause temp reversion back 60hz
  • With playlist over 999 items, track numbers overlap repeat icon in OSD
  • TV Shows no longer show as watched and can’t set to watched/unwatched
  • Crash at manual resolve if the user rapidly presses the menu/back button whilst the OS tries to apply details to files in a folder
  • When choosing from search suggestion list -> update the search editbox
  • Embedded fonts ignored on MKV playback with embedded SSA/ASS subtitles
  • SSA/ASS Subtitles position and font
  • Overlapping text when network settings changed
  • Empty state for App Favorites appearing for empty third-party repository
  • Crashing while resolving metadata for movies from UPNP
  • Listview mode is not preserved when returning from an artist selection
  • In certain cases video freezes when selecting play after pausing
  • Playing a video and after several times of pausing and skipping the video freezes and audio continues
  • Boxee remembers wrong PGS subtitle track in MKV file after leaving and then resuming playback
  • All subtitles (PGS) appears as ‘unknown’ for some BluRay titles
  • Crash when attempting to identify media via UPNP
  • Some .mkv and .m4v files with 2.35:1 AR are playing back vertically stretched to 1.78:1
  • Hang and video freezes or black screen when Pause Resume and or seeking FF/RWD during playback
  • Hang on WMV Stream Seeking
  • Crashed on shutdown and restarted automatically
  • Scrolling in Files Browse list results in partial control of Files menu and also crash
  • SMB credentials are not saved on reboot
  • When deleting an item from the watch later list the focus location of the last item is not remembered
  • Music tracks which are longer than an hour appears as “01:00:…” on the OSD
  • Rear channels on AAC 5.1 are not played properly w/ LPCM 5.1 out
  • Prompting user for credentials that are not used in accessing shares
  • Can’t access network share due to Window Live on Windows 7
  • large flash videos stop playback when reaching Boxee file system limit
  • Reconnecting to disconnected shares disables selection in the Movies database view
  • Subtitles is disabled in the playback OSD for local content
  • No video only audio while playing certain m4v files
  • Flash video audio drops out for long length online videos
  • Disconnects from OSX SMB sources
  • Occasional loss of focus on main menu
  • Unidentified files in File Source with “Movies” in path name are being identified as a title called ”Movies”
  • Crashed on shutdown and restarted automatically
  • Scrolling in Files Browse list results in partial control of Files menu and also crash
January 19, 2011 at 3:04 pm

New Firmware Update, Hot off the Presses

UPDATE: We had an issue with TVs that were set to 1080i. We fixed the issue and testing with our Early Access users. Hope to post it back up soon.

We have released a new version of the Boxee Box firmware. Your Box will update automatically within the next 24hrs or you can manually check for the update by going to Settings>System>Update. This latest Boxee Box firmware update has many bug fixes and in this case lots of work on the Boxee Browser. Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth at CES to ask questions, make suggestions, sing praises, and generally give us energy on the show floor for 9 hours a day.

The change list is below, but we do have one frustrating bit to share with you that while we’ve been demoing VUDU without a hitch this week at the show, there’s still a few issues the technical team is trying to get to the bottom of. We’ll push the app out to you as soon as it’s ready and send out an email so you know the moment it goes live.

Enhancements:

  • Settings to control de-interlacing and video filters configuration
  • Support for language selection in subtitle/audio
  • Forced subtitle automatic selection during MKV file playback
  • An option to ignore the prefix in the sort order for movies/albums/artists which start with ‘The’ and ‘A’ (big one!)
  • Enhancements to Browser performance
  • Browser opens in lower resolution to allow easier reading of text
  • Browser is zoomed into Video by default for non auto full screen websites
  • Direct launch of website when defining full URL in the search bar
  • Preselecting the current chapter when opening chapter selector for MKV/BluRay

Bug Fixes:

  • HTTPS support for the browser
  • 4:3 Videos Stretched to 16:9
  • MKV Chapter Time is Displayed Incorrectly
  • Audio dropouts in DTS-HD audio
  • Improved WTV support
  • 3gp playback errors
  • Improve BluRay titles loading time
  • Allow larger subtitles time offsets
  • Audio re-buffering when entering commercials in TV episodes.
  • Viewing “Info Menu” while watching 24hz videos cause temp reversion back 60hz
  • With playlist over 999 items, track numbers overlap repeat icon in OSD
  • TV Shows no longer show as watched and can’t set to watched/unwatched
  • Crash at manual resolve if the user rapidly presses the menu/back button whilst the OS tries to apply details to files in a folder
  • When choosing from search suggestion list -> update the search editbox
  • Embedded fonts ignored on MKV playback with embedded SSA/ASS subtitles
  • SSA/ASS Subtitles position and font
  • Overlapping text when network settings changed
  • Empty state for App Favorites appearing for empty third-party repository
  • Crashing while resolving metadata for movies from UPNP
  • Listview mode is not preserved when returning from an artist selection
  • In certain cases video freezes when selecting play after pausing
  • Playing a video and after several times of pausing and skipping the video freezes and audio continues
  • Boxee remembers wrong PGS subtitle track in MKV file after leaving and then resuming playback
  • All subtitles (PGS) appears as ‘unknown’ for some BluRay titles
  • Crash when attempting to identify media via UPNP
  • Some .mkv and .m4v files with 2.35:1 AR are playing back vertically stretched to 1.78:1
  • Hang and video freezes or black screen when Pause Resume and or seeking FF/RWD during playback
  • Hang on WMV Stream Seeking
  • Crashed on shutdown and restarted automatically
  • Scrolling in Files Browse list results in partial control of Files menu and also crash
  • SMB credentials are not saved on reboot
  • When deleting an item from the watch later list the focus location of the last item is not remembered
  • Music tracks which are longer than an hour appears as “01:00:…” on the OSD
  • Rear channels on AAC 5.1 are not played properly w/ LPCM 5.1 out
  • Prompting user for credentials that are not used in accessing shares
  • Can’t access network share due to Window Live on Windows 7
  • large flash videos stop playback when reaching Boxee file system limit
  • Reconnecting to disconnected shares disables selection in the Movies database view
  • Subtitles is disabled in the playback OSD for local content
  • No video only audio while playing certain m4v files
  • Flash video audio drops out for long length online videos
  • Disconnects from OSX SMB sources
  • Occasional loss of focus on main menu
  • Unidentified files in File Source with “Movies” in path name are being identified as a title called ”Movies”
January 9, 2011 at 11:32 pm

Boxee at Vegas, CBS, VUDU 3D, sneak peek at our iPad App

From the early days of Boxee the CES Show as always been great for us. It’s a time for us to meet with partners, press and users and show off some our latest stuff. It’s also a time for us to party (but i’ll leave that for a different post…).

We already announced new device partners, Iomega which is building a Boxee-based NAS and ViewSonic which is building a Boxee-based HDTV, but these devices also need access to content, which is why we are excited to announce that we have a new partnership with CBS, Americas most watched broadcast network, and we have extended our partnership with VUDU to also include 3D titles.

CBS

We have signed an agreement with CBS that will give Boxee users the ability to purchase full episodes from CBS starting later this year. We are excited about the opportunity to work with a major network on offering premium content to Boxee users, as well as create new revenue opportunities for both sides. As part of the deal, users will have the ability to purchase hit CBS television shows both current (The New Hawaii Five-O) and old (hello MacGyver!).

VUDU + 3D

The VUDU service will soon be made available to Boxee Box users (it is already available on PC and Mac), but we have some more good news. VUDU just announced they’ll start streaming movies in 3D, which will also be available on the Boxee Box, so if you have an HDTV you will be able to enjoy the largest HD VOD library with the newest releases (as soon they come out on DVD) in the VUDU HDX format, and if you happen to have a 3D TV then you’ll be able to tap into a growing 3D movie library.

Boxee for iPad

We have been working the past few months on Boxee for iPad, and while it is not ready to launch we are giving people at the CES Show a sneak peek of the App. It enables you to access videos from your Watch Later list as well as from your Feed (stuff shared from Facebook / Twitter), and staying true to Boxee roots also enables you to stream videos directly to the iPad from your PC/Mac (without requiring you to sync).

You can watch videos on the iPad using the new app, but it only takes one click to send that video to your D-Link/Iomega/ViewSonic Boxee device. “Ze nice,” as we say in the office.

So 2 new devices from new partners, an iPad to accompany them all (including the Boxee Box by D-Link), and some great new content on its way. It’s going to be a big 2011 for Boxee and our users - and we’re happy to be starting the year off with a bang.

January 6, 2011 at 10:49 am

TV powered by Boxee? Oh, Yes! ViewSonic is building one

In the market for a new HD TV? Want to get one powered by Boxee? Well we’ve got some great news for you.

Today at CES ViewSonic is showing a 46″ HD TV that is powered by Boxee.

Like in the case of the D-Link and Iomega boxes the ViewSonic TV has Intel Atom CE4100 inside, which means it can deliver the ultimate Boxee experience, playback of 1080p, browser, accelerated Adobe Flash, HTML5, apps, local, Internet, etc.

The Internet is becoming a key source for video for the main stream consumer and it is reflected in the demand for a connected living room experience. People will get connected in different ways and our goal is to try and make Boxee available on a multiple categories of devices.

If you already have an HDTV and want to get connected than Boxee will be available for you on a variety of standalone boxes, but if you are in the market for a new HD TV you will soon have the option to get one based on Boxee’s software, which is perfect for people who want to reduce the number of boxes in their home theatre setup.

If you happen to be at CES this week you should stop by the ViewSonic booth (South Hall #30873) and see the TV in action.
Pricing and availability will be announced later this year.

January 6, 2011 at 8:52 am