Boxee Box Beta 2 Firmware v1.5.1.23731 released

February 27, 2012 Leave a comment

Updates are coming thick and fast now, thanks to the Boxee team. This Beta 2 release fixes many more bugs and improves on the awesomeness that is Boxee.

Bug fixes

Live TV

  • When you have more than 2 friends watching the same show, none is presented
  • Live TV: Audio / Video sync problem

Networking & File Playback

  • Folder browsing stack not cleared when using sidebar menu to switch browsing target
  • HDMI Audio failed to initialize error forces reboot to play any video and get audio output (AVR turned off)
  • Loud distorted sound over SPDIF when playing MP3 audio using wolfgang’s vault app
  • Stacked files: SMB password shown in file path
  • Some 720p XviD avi plays choppy, stuttering

Applications

  • Video/audio skip with netflix

Interface

  • Greyed out image overlay via watched TV shows should be removed and just the green watched icon should be displayed
  • There is no focus in browser history screen
  • Reduce presence of the pause icon in OSD
  • Update the CC icon in OSD to a new one to reflect current scope of the dialog
  • Show IMDB rating with decimal point.

Remote

  • Web interface (i.e. iPhone remote) does not accept lowercase L character entry

Localization

  • Portuguese translation (pt-br) issues in firmware 1.5

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=55357

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XBMC Eden Beta 3 Available Now!

February 14, 2012 Leave a comment

Argh don’t know how I missed this one, but XBMC Eden Beta 3 has been released to the masses along with the highly anticipated XBMCbuntu. The new XBMCbuntu allows for multiple uses on your XBMC install, not only the traditional XBMCLive style interface which loads XMBC but you can also access a full LXDE Desktop Interface so you can use a web browser, like the built in Chromium for example.

As ususual there have been a large amount of fixes applied to this release, for more info check out the post on the XBMC site here.

Also if you are planning to update your XBMCLive machine you can follow my post here to do so.

If your wanting to try out the new XBMCbuntu install you can find the files here.

Boxee Box Beta 1 Firmware v1.5.1.23679 released

February 9, 2012 Leave a comment

Whoops looks like I fell asleep for this one, but the Boxee team have released another Beta firmware for the Boxee Box, this time its not an RC or alpha but its labelled Beta 1 and it comes with a few more bug fixes and improvements:

Live TV

  • Cannot launch Live TV after a successful scan
  • Zip Code on Live TV needs to be mandatory, currently you can leave blank and select Next
  • Live TV edit channel caused a crash

Networking & File Playback

  • Cannot skip audio tracks (mp3 mainly) when playing video and audio
  • Video too slow, sound normal, playback unwatchable; AVI MSMPEG4 Video with mp3 Audio
  • Loud audio distortion on non-bitstreamed sources
  • Low resolution XviD/DivX videos playback is slow, stutters and dying audio

Libraries

  • “A” and “The” are ignored but “An” is not (for Ignore Prefixes for Local Content on Sort setting)

Browser

  • Browser Redirect Bug (pop up management), selection added under Settings>System>Browser

Interface

  • Episode thumbnails are too small
  • Greyed out image overlay via watched TV shows should be removed and just the green watched icon should be displayed
  • Error in Swedish translations
  • Browsing for subtitles does not load

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=53730

Boxee Box Firmware v1.5.0.23643 released

February 2, 2012 Leave a comment

It seems that the Boxee team are keeping on their toes of late. They have just released a nice new Bug Fix firmware for all of us users that have had issues with Subtitles of late. Also there have been a few more changes to low res XviD/DivX playback.

Bug fix’s :

  • Video too slow, sound normal, playback unwatchable; AVI MSMPEG4 Video with MP3 Audio
  • Loud audio distortion on non-bitstreamed sources
  • Regression: Browsing for subtitles does not load
  • Error in Swedish translations
  • Low resolution XviD/DivX videos playback is slow, stutters and dying audio.
  • Regression: boxee crash when canceling the manual resolving process (using NFO)

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=53116

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

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