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XBMC Eden Now Available!

March 26, 2012 Leave a comment

This day has finally come… XBMC v11.0 or Eden has finally been released after a year in the making. The XBMC team have done an absolutely fantastic job and have created in my opinion the greatest media centre software available to date. With this new version it brings a vast amount of improvements and bug fixes. The main improvements being dirty-region rendering and the new JPEG decoder, a simpler, better library, movie set scraping, additional protocol handling, better networking support, better handling of unencrypted BluRay content and structures, adjustable display refresh rate in OSX (to match the already available feature in Windows and Linux), AirPlay support and an upgraded weather service with geoip lookup to name a few.

This release also brings with it the release of XBMCbuntu Final which is a replacement for XBMC-Live so if you wanting to get all of the benefits or a Live machine also with a desktop interface go check it out.

As usual you can easily install or upgrade to Eden via the XBMC Downloads page here.

For all of you iOS users you can simply go into Cydia and upgrade XBMC.

If you are running an XBMC-Live machine you can follow my guide here to update.

For more info on XBMC Eden you can see the official post here.

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

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