View Full Version : Feedback on Boxee Box

November 12th, 2010, 08:24 PM
I'm a big fan of the Boxee team, they do a fantastic job interacting with the Boxee community and they deserve my money for getting this awesome product to market. Here's my list of what I'd like to see happen in the newer releases of the firmware for Boxee Box:

1) The UI - the new design is slick. The bigger buttons and featured items are easier to interact with than in the previous version. However... it doesn't make sense to throw me into the "Most Popular" Shows/Movies/Apps when I have spent a long time curating my list of favorites. Why don't the big beautiful icons on the home screen send me to my favorites? I know that it makes sense to send new users to the most popular section, but once people have found content, it would be very convenient to have a setting that changes the default location to Favorites from Most Popular.

2) The new menu is extremely confusing, like Sony's Google TV remote. It could probably be done away with completely and replaced with the Home screen with a few extra icons. Once you drill down to Shows, Movies or Apps, put some category drop-downs or buttons on the screen so that you can navigate through most popular, recently added, etc.

3) The auto-fullscreen worked much better using the older browser - I'm having to use the browser much too often to get shows into full screen mode. I'm sure this is already being worked on...

4) Type to search is great for me; I'm a Web OS fan. If Bing results (or whoever the search provider is) could be piped into the Boxee interface without having to visit the actual web page, that would be amazing - using the cursor really does suck... maybe a snap to links mode in the browser would be good.

5) There needs to be an auto-play feature that churns through the "Watch Later" queue. It would also be great to add to the Watch Later queue from a mobile device, via emailing a link, or something similar...

6) It would be nice to have the ability to refresh the social feed manually. It would also be nice to be able to do a Retweet or Facebook Like from Boxee when a video has been viewed from the social feed.

7) The remote should have the Boxee logo on top - I keep juggling the remote in my hand and holding it upside down because I don't want to cover what looks like a big white button with my palm. It would be cool if that white logo also doubled as a power button for the box and glowed green.

8) It would be great to have video playback continue while navigating within Boxee - this is something I miss from 0.92 on my macbook pro.

9) Where is Justin.TV?

That's all for now... I don't regret my purchase at all, but I do expect a good amount of development to be put into refining the Boxee experience so that it at least comes up to par with the 0.92 release. Thanks Boxee team!