Linked by David Adams on Tue 27th Dec 2011 17:47 UTC
Multimedia, AV Boxee released version 1.5 of its free multimedia streaming software for Mac, Windows, and Linux desktops today, but simultaneously announced that it will cease offering the Boxee desktop software after January 2012. Thereafter, the company will limit its focus to devices such as the D-Link Boxee Box.
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Boxee Box Is Frustrating
by mjhi11 on Wed 28th Dec 2011 22:09 UTC
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I have to admit my experience with the Boxee Box has been a challenge. Seems that both Boxee and Roku (I've had both, passed on the Roku and am about to put the Boxee Box up on Craig's List) have serious problems with wireless security based on my experiences and forums for both products.

Fact is they just have problems connecting wirelessly, even if you remove ALL WPA/WPA2 security and even once I removed all security and created a non-public wireless network without security. And I had problems with BOTH boxes too just doing a hard wired ethernet connection to 2 different routers, a brand new Belkin and an Apple Airport Extreme.

What's crazy is my LG TV Smart TV has NEVER had a problem connecting to either router, wired or wireless (and that's LG, short for Lucky Goldstar, famed crap electronics producer from the 80s that has seriously upped their game since then).

But I have even bigger gripes. For all the talk of "channels" too many of these are just front ends for video RSS feeds of clips, shorts and commercials. Now this isn't Boxee's or Roku's fault, the content providers decide what they're going to make available, but after jacking with loading up a bunch of sites hoping to get at least an episode or two of a favorite program, I ended up pulling back to just a handful, Netflix, Amazon VOD, MOG or Pandora and that was about it.

The Roku blows because after paying $99 they put a big fat advertisement on the screen that you can't remove.

The Boxee Box blows because of their most recent decision to walk away from the desktop client. That was the WHOLE REASON I justified paying more than $99 for the Boxee Box, because I had a single, unified "media center" that could run on my Mac laptop, my work PC desktop and could control things with an iPad or iPhone or Android device.

But even that strategy was flawed because some apps are exclusive to the Boxee Box and wouldn't run on the desktop clients anyway.

So fact is I'm back to things that just work. My Apple TV just works (typical of Apple), my LG Smart TV just works (surprising but true).

Who wants to spend hours jacking with WPA/WPA2 security settings? Who wants to waste time on IT when you could be watching TV!

And one last rant, the content providers are jerks (particularly Hulu, I've fired them 3 times now). You can't watch this show on a Smart Blu-Ray player, Boxee doesn't have an app for this content on the desktop apps but does on the Boxee Box.

And the damn politicians in the back pockets of Hollywood, big media and content providers, the people that should be investigating these jerks who force cable to bundle crap just to get a decent rates, channels that shut off just before a big game because the satellite or cable provider can't agree to terms, etc.

The whole system is broke, and I don't see how having only a single platform, the Boxee Box does anything to advance the cause.

Like everything else I suspect because the "free" downloads didn't generate any revenue that's the real reason for the change.

But even that's short sighted. I suspect the installed base of Boxee Box owners is relatively small compared to the thousands (millions?) of people who have downloaded the apps to run on their PCs. Talk about an installed base that is so much larger than just the Boxee Box owners!

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