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Set your Region

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posted this on May-12 2010 07:04 pm

Set your Region and Language by going to Settings > Look & Feel > Region in the Boxee.

Setting your region enables you to personalize your version of Boxee in your preferred language with the correct time, date and weather temperature(displayed in the top right corner of your screen).
  • Some content providers block access to their content from outside their region. That has to do with distribution rights in different parts of the world, and lots of legal mumble jumbo we won't get into here.
  • Technically, those content providers check the IP address of your the computer, and block access to IP's not within the authorized region.
  • There are some ways of getting the desired IP address for your computer, even when connecting from different parts of the world, and you can probably google for more info on that matter.


How do I know that an application is not playing because it's geo-blocked, and not because of some other problem with Boxee?

The easiest way would be to pay a visit to the original content provider's website and try to play the media directly from there. If it works on their website, it should also work in Boxee. If it won't play on their website, then Boxee won't play it either.

So, which Boxee applications are geo-blocked?
Here's a short and partial (as we don't really know which applications the community is adding to Boxee, we can only testify on the apps developed in-house) list of the geo-blocked services in Boxee:

Blocked for IP's outside the US:

  • CBS
  • Hulu feeds
  • Joost (only part of the content)
  • MTV (most of the content)
  • Netflix
  • The WB
  • Amazon
  • Pandora

Blocked for IP's outside the UK:

  • BBC iPlayer


So why are you showing me stuff I can't watch?

If you do not wish to see those feeds and applications pointing to such content, please do the following:

  1. Open Boxee Settings > Look & Feel > Region.
  2. Check the Hide feeds and applications that cannot be played in your region option.

That's it. Now you will not see those feeds and applications any more.

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