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nmiller0113
January 9th, 2010, 07:53 PM
I've looked everywhere and found nothing specific as to whether or not TV Shows, as an example Heroes and The Office, have an option to play in 1080p or even 720p with Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio? I can't find a configuration option anywhere and it doesn't matter whether it is played from an NBC or Hulu host. I'm running the latest Boxee Beta on Windows 7 x32, Flash 10.1, beta Nvidia drivers to take advantage of Flash 10.1 as well as the latest Silverlight and Directx software. This is a fresh install of Windows 7 with nothing else on it. I can play all my local media HD or SD, Stereo or DD 5.1 without any issues...I just can't seem to find any setting to turn on HD TV Show streams w/ 5.1 audio anywhere. The TV Shows do stream, and stream without any hesitation or delay, but all of it is SD and Stereo no matter what I do.

I was also curious if there was any literature anywhere on things like the video settings for stuff like Interlaced Handling...etc. Just so I could find out more about my options I can chose from and the specific affect each has.

Otherwise I LOVE BOXEE! I have been an XBMC user for years and just moved over to Boxee. I understand it is in beta and may have little glitches here and there because of that, but this product rocks and I can only imagine how much better it is going to get in final versions...so much potential! Thank you for such a great product!

Nathan

dickie
January 9th, 2010, 09:28 PM
Hulu has an option to automatically use the 1Mb stream, but it's just 480p. I'm guessing the networks are worried folks are going to scrape the high quality feeds and spread them about. Even Netflix through Boxee pales in comparison to Netflix via Xbox 360 (but certainly still usable).

judgeschambers
January 9th, 2010, 10:57 PM
To answer your questions:

No, there are no HD feeds currently veiwable in Boxee.
There is no setting to play true HD content via a stream.
Besides, most contnt providers (hulu, nbc, fox etc) don't offer them. And if they do, it's only via their own desktop player.

DX acceleration is not yet enabled on Beta, so a true HD SMB shared file will lag and skip if palyed in Boxee. That is to change soon.

The settings area does allow you to select the type of audio out based on what is installed on the PC itself. Check there. I have my Revo connected via HDMI to the HDTV, but not a surround. So, I cannot comment on whether or not the Internet conten is 5.1 or not. Same for SMB shares. Again, no dedicated setting for this in boxee.

There really isn't any literature on Boxee config except the FAQ page, but it does not get into that detail.

Hope that helps....

darcilicious
January 9th, 2010, 11:45 PM
DX acceleration is not yet enabled on Beta, so a true HD SMB shared file will lag and skip if palyed in Boxee. That is to change soon.

Depends on your system I suppose. I play 1080i / 5.1 surround sound content over my network via Boxee on one system just fine (and I'm guessing just fine locally on the HTPC). However, the interlacing (or lack thereof) doesn't make for the smoothest looking picture ;)

dickie
January 10th, 2010, 02:31 AM
I played a 1080p version of a recent movie last night - looked awesome - full screen.

lettcco
January 10th, 2010, 04:44 AM
DX acceleration is not yet enabled on Beta, so a true HD SMB shared file will lag and skip if palyed in Boxee. That is to change soon.

I am also not convince this is true...I tried it last night with 1080p mkv files that's 12GB in my NAS, and for the most part there was no hiccups. Is there a way to show the info like dropped frames through a press of a key "O" like in XBMC?

nmiller0113
January 10th, 2010, 03:32 PM
Thanks for all of your responses everyone. As for the streaming of my HD content from my local NAS, I've had no problems with Hiccups and I've even watched the CPU Utilization and it isn't even touching it. Are you sure that DXVA isn't enabled in Beta? I could have sworn it was and that was something that was published. I could tell the difference on my CPU when it wasn't enabled when using XBMC for windows and I wasn't seeing any of those effects now with Boxee Beta. I ended up using the Linux version of XBMC to take advantage of VDPAU for that. Either way...that hasn't been a problem.

What I am curious about as far as HD Streaming goes from my NAS it appears that I can stream M2TS files just fine without issues but let's say I have a ton of drive space to use and I rip, with AnyDVD HD, a complete full ISO of the BluRay removing all the protection....is there a reason Boxee wouldn't play that? Is there a way to maintain a full BluRay with all its menu's and options and play it like I would a standard DVD ISO. I'm assuming that Boxee just opens the ISO containers and plays what is inside but I could be wrong. Does it not know how to read BluRay menu systems...to clarify...would I be able to attach a BluRay drive to my Boxee machine and play unprotected BluRay movies straight from it? If I could I assume I should also be able to play an ISO version of it right since it is essentially the same thing stuck in a container. I hope I'm making sense.

As for the online TV show programming...it makes sense that there may not be any HD TV shows out there yet...I couldn't find any that stream AC3 5.1 audio either...does anyone know one that does as I'd like to test it out to make sure I'm not doing anything wrong. Thanks again everyone!

Nathan

dan1son
January 11th, 2010, 05:30 PM
I am also not convince this is true...I tried it last night with 1080p mkv files that's 12GB in my NAS, and for the most part there was no hiccups. Is there a way to show the info like dropped frames through a press of a key "O" like in XBMC?

Same here... DXVA is DEFINITELY enabled. Running an Acer Aspire Revo R1600 I can playback full 1080p blu-ray rips over 802.11n just fine in Windows 7.

I assure you that system is not capable of doing that without DXVA.

nmiller0113
January 11th, 2010, 10:11 PM
Nevermind on my unprotected BluRay questions as well...I found the answer on the XBMC site. No support for it yet but hopefully soon!

Nathan

bshifflett
January 11th, 2010, 10:32 PM
How can you verify DXVA is working? When I stream to my Nvidia ION system it is not streaming very smoothly and the CPU is very high. I can play local files and not have an issue. Using latest Beta on Windows 7.