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zahna
January 8th, 2011, 09:45 PM
Hey everybody,

I am looking at buying a Boxee Box, but wanted to see how the software was before doing so. So I downloaded the Boxee app and have been running it on my Mac for a few days. I'm now pretty convinced that I totally need Boxee; however, I thought I read somewhere that the latest version of the Boxee software was different for the Boxee Box versus for a PC/Mac. I really like what I've experienced on the Mac and really hope the user experience is the same on the Boxee Box. So could anyone tell me if there are differences between the 2 platforms and if there are, could they outline the differences?

Thanks very much for any help!

darcilicious
January 8th, 2011, 09:51 PM
The UI is pretty different though much of the functionality is still there. The "Queue" becomes "Watch Later", the "Feed" becomes "Friends" (feed).

The video on this page http://boxee.zendesk.com/entries/321365-about-the-boxee-box can give you an idea of the different UI.

Netflix isn't available yet and may not be until the end of the month; Vudu should be included with the next update (due any minute ;) ) No date has been announced for Hulu+.

zahna
January 8th, 2011, 10:10 PM
Wow, thanks for the fast reply with the link to the video. I will definitely check it out.

So it sounds like the 2 platforms do indeed differ a little bit. What is your opinion between the 2 platforms?

One thing that's very important to me is PlayOn compatibility. Boxee on my Mac worked with PlayOn flawlessly by going to Files > Network > UPnP. Would you know if the Boxee Box has the same level of compatibility with PlayOn as regular Boxee?

Also, I'm not entirely sure which would be better: buying the Boxee Box or just building a PC and running regular Boxee on it. I'd have no problem building a machine, but am not sure about the time investment to get Boxee running well on said machine. Could you give any advice as to the trickiness of getting Boxee running well on a Linux based PC (I'm most familiar with Linux)?

Sorry for all the questions. I'm just gathering information before I make a decision on which Boxee solution would work best for me.

cjmoreira
January 8th, 2011, 10:28 PM
PlayOn works perfectly with boxee box, no worries there.

Boxee box is great because it consumes much less power than any HTPC you can possibly build.

neveroffline
January 8th, 2011, 11:23 PM
Wow, thanks for the fast reply with the link to the video. I will definitely check it out.

So it sounds like the 2 platforms do indeed differ a little bit. What is your opinion between the 2 platforms?

One thing that's very important to me is PlayOn compatibility. Boxee on my Mac worked with PlayOn flawlessly by going to Files > Network > UPnP. Would you know if the Boxee Box has the same level of compatibility with PlayOn as regular Boxee?

Also, I'm not entirely sure which would be better: buying the Boxee Box or just building a PC and running regular Boxee on it. I'd have no problem building a machine, but am not sure about the time investment to get Boxee running well on said machine. Could you give any advice as to the trickiness of getting Boxee running well on a Linux based PC (I'm most familiar with Linux)?

Sorry for all the questions. I'm just gathering information before I make a decision on which Boxee solution would work best for me.

The Boxee Box or BB as we call it is not an HTPC. It is, for all purposes a stripped down version that is in a small package - much like the apple tv. IE uses way less power wattage, and does essentially the same.

The .9 PC/Mac/Linux interface is on its way out, and what you see is what you get on the Boxee Box and other Boxee enabled devices that are 1.0+. There is a huge difference - try using search for some threads on that. For the most part the boxee devices are identical aside from some specific drivers/etc but that is not to be said about the Boxee .9 on other platforms that are not tied into a partner agreement.

As far as buying an HTPC vs a $200 BB, or Iomega NAS for $300, it is up to you. HTPC's offer more power, but this Box, this Box is the future at a fraction of the cost - and power consumption. :D

Automan
January 9th, 2011, 03:21 AM
With the HTPC option at least if you don't like the Boxee software or they never fix all the issues that will effect your viewing you can always run another application.

I myself now wish I had put the 200 towards a HTPC which I could have then also fitted a digital tuner card so it could have also recorded HD satellite TV.

Automan.

daffy4u
January 9th, 2011, 09:22 AM
I just opted to return the Boxee Box and purchase a PC to run the Boxee software as well as any other programs. It is costing me more but in the end I can get exactly what I want.

I really like the Boxee software but the wait for premium content has been too long for me. I'll miss the Boxee Box itself, I think it's cute but it lives inside a cabinet and I don't see it that much anyway. :)

Kelmk
January 9th, 2011, 02:07 PM
I would suggest going the mac or pc route. Boxee runs so much better on a computer than the boxee box and you can run other apps if you want.

whereismyjetpack
January 9th, 2011, 03:59 PM
The PC route is better for 1 simple reason

http://blog.9minutesnooze.com/hulu-working-boxee/

IF and when the boxee box gets hulu, it's not going to be the same as hulu that us PC users get. It will be hulu+ with limited content (should be called hulu-)

http://www.hulu.com/plus#content

Sadres
January 9th, 2011, 04:02 PM
PlayOn works perfectly with boxee box, no worries there.

The implication that PlayOn works perfectly on anything is enough to make me laugh, but let me chime in and say it works terribly on the box, at least as far as Netflix functionality goes.

whereismyjetpack
January 9th, 2011, 04:04 PM
The implication that PlayOn works perfectly on anything is enough to make me laugh, but let me chime in and say it works terribly on the box, at least as far as Netflix functionality goes.

agreed, PlayOn works terrible on any computer that isn't a supercomputer.

twistybox
January 9th, 2011, 04:25 PM
My personal video library is bigger than Hulu's. I don't think I'm missing much while living in Canada without access to any + or - versions. :)

whereismyjetpack
January 9th, 2011, 06:34 PM
My personal video library is bigger than Hulu's. I don't think I'm missing much while living in Canada without access to any + or - versions. :)

hulu is easier to catch up on current TV than going to the shady corners of the internet... that's all.