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Boxee Box Firmware v1.5.1.23735 released

The Boxee team have now released a brand new official firmware to the masses. You should all hopefully see this update now if you check for an update or reboot your box. Below is the list of fixes if you haven’t been running the betas:

New Features / Enhancements

– Live TV (Requires a Boxee Live TV dongle)
* Cannot launch Live TV after a successful scan
* Zip Code on Live TV needs to be mandatory, previously you could leave blank and select Next
* Live TV edit channel caused a crash
* When you have more than 2 friends watching the same show, none is presented
* Live TV: Audio / Video sync problem

– 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
* 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

– 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

– Applications
* Video/audio skip with Netflix

– 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
* Browsing for subtitles does not load
* 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
* Error in Swedish translations
* Italian strings in 1.5
* Portuguese translation (pt-br) issues in firmware 1.5

Firmware available here or via Online Update.

More information can be found below:


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
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

– 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

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