The Boxee team has been hard at work and a new version has been released with a plethora of new features. Many of these new features are things I’ve been waiting for. If you were one who has previously held off on upgrading from the Alpha version, it is now time to upgrade! Wait No Longer! Download at: http://www.boxee.tv/download.
Below the break is the short-list of new features available from Beta v0.9.21.114:
I now have Boxee Alpha (build 0.9.9.5324) for Windows installed. Below are a few screenshots that highlight some of the new additions.
There is a new option on the left-side that says ‘App Box’. This replaces the old way to add repositories (applications people outside of Boxee have created) or remove content to make it less cluttered.
My Boxee Interface
Edit: As of 2/20/09, Hulu will no longer be not be available on Boxee. Hopefully this is temporary. Also the next Boxee update is scheduled to be released March 24th. The March 5th release date was postponed partly due to the Hulu situation.
Edit (4/27/09): New versions of Boxee for Linux, Windows, Mac and Apple TV have been released with a new Hulu Feeds app. This replaces the previous Hulu application and allows those like to me once again to watch Hulu content on our living room TV.
I talk a lot about my Boxee setup, so I thought I would do a write-up about each of the features I find most valuable from the Boxee application and explain in detail what each one is.
For those unfamiliar, Boxee is a free cross-platform media center application based upon XBMC. Boxee can scan your network for shared (or hosted) video, music and photo files. It then searches the web for album art for each file and organizes them within Boxee by media type (TV Show, Movie, Music, Photos).
The best part of Boxee is its ability to play Internet content all from within its own application. Instead of going to Hulu.com to watch the latest Battlestar Galactica, you can watch it from within Boxee and if you like the episode, you can recommend it to your other Boxee friends. Internet content current available in the Linux version of Boxee include Hulu, CBS, Joost, Adult Swim, Last.FM, Flickr and much more. Boxee is still in alpha testing but is available for Windows, Linux, Mac OS and Apple TV.