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yerbabie
December 12th, 2010, 12:54 AM
After searching for ages to find a cheap nice replacement for xbmc on my xbox, the d-link Boxee box seemed like the go.

However, it soon became apparent that the interface is flawed, and totally unsuitable for family use.

Correct me if I am wrong but here are the main issues I see:

1. All the movies are lumped in together by default for network shares, so you can't display single volumes or shares separately, i.e. I can't display only movies from a share called "Children's Movies". Instead they get all the Adult movies as well from other shares......

2. I can't get it to default to my content, no matter what I do it just wants to display other "stuff" from the internet by default, some of which is questionable for family viewing (cover art).

3. I can't disable content I don't want, All I really want on the main menu is Movies and Music, which link to my media. I don't want any of the other stuff, and I can't disable it?

4. I have used Boxee in the past on a PC, and I must say the new interface on the Boxee box is very confusing.... and to change from internet content to local in the movies section is quite a few presses......

Overall XBMC is far more suited to my needs, but it would be really nice to see Boxee developers realize that all some people want is a media player that looks good and can provide cover art. If Boxee can address these issues, I'm sure more xbmc users would move over, and d-link would sell more boxee boxes....

Anyhow if anyone knows if / when these issues will be addressed, I'd like to hear about it, otherwise the boxee box may be going on ebay, pending no movement on a boxee box xbmc port.....

An almost crying user....

nooryani84
December 12th, 2010, 01:17 AM
Hi yerbabie

Hopefully this will put some of your worries to rest. The UI is going to be changed in the next update which should be out in a few days if everything is on schedule. You'll be able to choose if you want your Boxee to primarily display local OR online content.

Regarding age restrictions I would file a feature request, maybe they can add a section for parental controls. Though depending on the country age limits will vary. If it can detect the country your IP is from then maybe it can pull the data for your specific country. It may already be requested/planned. Check here: http://forums.boxee.tv/showthread.php?t=22017

The update fixes numerous bugs and adds features. Take a look here for more details - http://forums.boxee.tv/showthread.php?t=23603

minel
December 12th, 2010, 01:21 AM
1. You could add each folder (if it's on a network) separately and under Files you can go to the kids folder and see only kids movies. I think next update has some sort of genre display

2. Next update that is coming in 2-3 days probably will ask you what you watch more.. online or local media and if you select local it'll go straight to your movies

3. Main menu is pretty standard and although they said they're rethinking the structure of it, you can't customize it. I guess they're focusing on the video part and getting netflix and hulu+ on etc. They will focus on Music / Photos later on is my guess.

4. Reffer to number 2. It'll be easy again

nooryani84
December 12th, 2010, 01:23 AM
This seems to be a list of changes/improvements and bug fixes for the next release: http://jira.boxee.tv/secure/ReleaseNote.jspa?projectId=10000&version=11342

yerbabie
December 12th, 2010, 02:06 AM
The other reason for wanting to disable a lot of the content is I live in Australia and most of the content is not available, unless I use a proxy, and even then it would kill my monthly internet quota, as it would be heavily metered to AU customers.

I think for most people are not really concerned about setting parental controls so much as just having the basic ability to turn sections off, like apps and friends etc. Even the videos down the bottom on the main page is a little distracting and some fairly random content appears there.

Once you go into "popular" movies, then all sorts of crazy non children suitable content appears....

I don't think it's a huge ask to just have the ability to turn off sections you don't really require, or don't even have the ability to use.

At the moment I have told my children they only thing they are allowed to do is " Files->Movies" when that is connected to a single "safe" SMB share. Everything else is off limits.

I'll look at the other threads and post a few requests I guess, can't hurt to try, I can't be the only one.

-B

thugnerd
December 12th, 2010, 08:48 AM
I don't have a solution for the on-line content. But for local content, I set up a second user account. For that account, I only set up the kids tv shows folder and kids movies folders as the media sources. This way you can use "switch users" function, and that will switch you over to their libraries. It works out pretty good.

kdnoel
December 12th, 2010, 09:19 AM
I don't have a solution for the on-line content. But for local content, I set up a second user account. For that account, I only set up the kids tv shows folder and kids movies folders as the media sources. This way you can use "switch users" function, and that will switch you over to their libraries. It works out pretty good.

That's a great idea!

Thanks for sharing!

yerbabie
December 12th, 2010, 02:51 PM
Actually that a cool idea, why not have a guest account with no un/pw, that only gives you basic local content?

If this was done it would also allow the unit to run when not connected to the internet. :)

-B