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Boxee Box Firmware v1.5.0.23615 released

January 25, 2012 1 comment

The Boxee team have just released the v1.5.0.23615 beta firmware as the offical release to the masses. If you have not had a chance to check out the betas of 1.5.0 then you will be in for a far few big changes to the way you use your Boxee Box, below are the release notes for this version:

New Features / Enhancements

– Live TV (Requires a Boxee Live TV dongle)
* View Live TV channels with antenna or QAM via Boxee
* Unique Social Channel Listings with metadata
* See social recommendations in the channel listing based on what your Facebook friends are watching and have watched
* Share shows and currently viewed channels via Boxee and Facebook

– Social Account Pairing with Boxee user on device
* Create a new Boxee account using Facebook connect
* Pair Boxee with Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter on device to view videos from those services in the Friends section, and to easily share content

– Interface
* UI look and feel update
* UI Improvements to:
Main Menu
Home Screen
Browse Screens (Movies, TV Shows) – including new filtering options
Season selection for TV shows
Watch Later including filtering by content source
Indication for which movies and shows have been watched
Action/Info Menu
OSD and OSD settings
Search
Enhanced login flow

– Library and Play action
* Rotten Tomatoes rating integration for movies
* Launch trailers from the Media action screen

– Networking & File Playback
* Support simultaneous digital bitstream + stereo over analog

– Browser
* Added Popup management
* Support for HTML5 Local Storage in Boxee Browser

– Settings
* Toggle the Netflix Button on the remote to “Launch the Netflix application” or “Play /Pause “ from the Settings > General > Advanced options screen.
* Weather – full integration with Accuweather
* Added setting to disable full network scan of SMB sources.

Bug fixes

– Networking & File Playback
* No audio when switching between audio streams and video goes in fast forwarding
* “Loading Error” when browse into uPnP from the file/network menu when wireless
* Fail to mount password protected SMB file sources when the Settings client has same user name but a different password
* Fail to play SMB password protected videos from boxee Application python even when the SMB credentials are in Settings
* Seeking not working on WMV
* Boxee’s continuous scanning turns on Xerox Printers, Prevents Win7 64 from sleeping, keeps NAS from sleeping
* SMB scanning and network discovery should not be running when in playback
* Long delay when exiting a video in the file menu
* Rewinding to the beginning causes the video to rapidly skip to where the video was before the rewinding
* PGS subtitles timing is broken (AVCHD/.m2ts container)
* Some 720p XviD avi plays choppy & stuttering
* Navigation sounds overly loud after playing local video (720p mkv / ac3 audio)
* Mono audio is output only to the left channel

– Apps
* Custom repository is not loaded if there is no trailing line end at the end of the file repository.xml
* AccuWeather app finds my location but cannot download data

– Libraries
* Improve long lists in movies/tv
* Compilation albums not handled correctly, Boxee doesn’t use Album Artist tag

– Browser
* Boxee Box Browser : Popup management
* Support for HTML5 Local Storage in Boxee Browser
* Enhance drop down menu support
* Some HTML5 apps are now loading with browser scrollbars when there should be none
* Fail to load flash based website http://www.dch.berliner-philharmoniker.de

– Interface
* The weather icon just shows as the degree symbol in the dropdown menu and doesn’t display a temperature.
* Last subtitles name remains when going to video OSD > Settings > Subtitles
* Boxee hangs when scrolling through movie library

– Misc.
* Watchlater is not adding any videos to watchlater list
* Broken infolabels – MusicPlayer.Duration and Player.ProgressCache
* Multiple problems with .PushState()

Known issues

– Cannot browse for subtitles – local subtitles int eh same video directory work fine

** NB – The issues with 3TB hard drives, HD Audio dropouts, and Flash have not been addressed in this version.  They require a complete overhaul of our Intel SDK and are planned for the coming months.

You can find more info on the release in the forums here

XBMC Eden Beta 2 Available Now!

January 23, 2012 Leave a comment

Good news XBMCers, Eden Beta 2 is now available for us all. Lots of fixes have been made since Beta 1, unencrypted bluray, dvd player, startup problems in OSX, airplay, subtitle issues, unofficial addon repository installations, and the frustrating TMDB scraper problems that have made it difficult for everyone to scrape new movies have all seen fixes. All Beta 1 users are encouraged to update immediately to fix a scraper error that causes XBMC to crash.

You can find the latest Beta 2 files here.

If you are running Live there unfortuantely is still no official update, but you can update to the latest nightlies by following my guide here.

iOS users can just update via Cydia.

Boxee Box Beta Firmware v1.5.0.23615 released

January 23, 2012 Leave a comment

Nipping at the heals of the previous beta we have a new beta firmware to address the below bugs, looks like we may have the offical v1.5.0 firmware shortly.

Bug fixes:

  • Video still playing without Audio after leaving playback
  • An odd electronic sound while fast forwarding/rewinding
  • No Sound in Browser when EDID enabled
  • Boxee OpenFile cannot open thumbnails manager
  • SAMBA Authentication to Servers Accepting NTLMv2 Only Fails
  • Failed to connect to SMB password protected share with special characters in password
  • File Source for SMB password protected shares did not persist the credentials through boxee restart
  • Boxee keeps asking for username and password – “on the home screen”
  • Fail to mount password protected SMB file sources when the Settings client has same user name but a different password
  • Failed to add or use password protected SMB non English shares
  • After update to 1.2.1.20451 Boxee boots up, then gets to login screen and flashes to boot screen again in an infinite loop
  • Subtitles flickering during playback

Firmware available here.
Remember to rename the file to boxee.iso before loading it to your unit :)

More information can be found below:

http://forums.boxee.tv/showthread.php?t=52085

XBMC Eden Beta 2 not far away!

January 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Well well well it appears that Eden Beta 2 is on its way, hot off the heals of Eden Beta 1. Looks like the devs are hard at work trying to resolve bugs and keep the ball rolling.
Unfortunately it appears to only cover the iOS, ATV,Windows and Mac OS builds for now. For the Live builds you can still stay up to date by following my guide here.

You can find more info in the commits here:

https://github.com/xbmc/xbmc/commit/fd08f6d3f3d0de9fbdbc1db20ee5e5ffa26d7a83

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Boxee Box Beta Firmware v1.5.0.23556 released

January 17, 2012 Leave a comment

It looks like the Boxee team has been very busy over the Christmas / New Year period and have been able to provide us with a new Beta firmware for the Boxee Box. Sorry I missed the first Beta of the year as I have been busy with other work.  This new firmware give us access to the v1.5.0 UI as well as fixing a slew of bugs and giving us back the option to change the role of the Play/Pause button on the remote.

See below for a list of the bug fixes / improvements in this version:

Improvements

The Netflix Button on the Boxee Box remote allows quick access to the Netflix application however after listening to the feedback from the community we understand that ” Play/Pause” button for local content is as important.
You can now toggle the Netflix Button on the remote to “Launch the Netflix application” or “Play /Pause “ from the Settings>General >Advanced options screen.

Other

  • Some more UI cleanup
  • Problems when sending an online video or pics from ipad to boxee over airplay
  • Screensaver does not start when set to 5 minutes
  • Browser Clear History Greyed Out in Boxee Browser app
  • Shuffle Icons Reversed during Music playback
  • Overview and Cast/Crew
  • Vimeo videos shared by friends or on the home page appear with the message “This video does not allow seeking”
  • In Movies, selecting the Movie Library button fails with a “Boxee not connected to Internet” error
  • Multiple entry/paths to same video file
  • Files > My Sources should be the default option under Files rather than Browse
  • Removal of the option to hide files and folders
  • Local Sources filter does not work for network sources
  • Browser Clear History Greyed Out in Boxee Browser app
  • Mono audio is output only to the left channel

Known limitations
*** Reverting from version 1.5.0 to version 1.2.2 requires factory restoring the Boxee Box ***

This version is in early access form hence various finishing issues can be found
The new features and functionality mentioned at the top are included in this build
Main exceptions:

  • Login: Using special characters in password e.g “!@#$%&” receive the error “Failed to create user”
  • Boxee fails to connect when trying to access UPnP server after shutting down a UPnP service (reproduced only with Asset UPnP server)

Firmware available here.
Remember to rename the file to boxee.iso before loading it to your unit 🙂

More information can be found below:

http://forums.boxee.tv/showthread.php?t=51683

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