Boxee will get PVR support soon

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Looks like Boxee is going to add PVR functionality very soon. It’ll use USB TV tuner to allow Boxee users watch, schedule, pause Live TV as well as navigate via EPG. Social features will be also available for that kind of media content. You’ll be able to share your favorite TV shows with your Boxee or Facebook friends.

XBMC which was and is a base for Boxee still doesn’t have PVR support. There is a way to watch and record live TV using VDR (yaVDR) or MythTV (MythBox). But it’d be nice to have a native PVR functionality. Let’s see how it’ll be implemented in Boxee. The PVR release should be launched soon. But now let’s watch a short demo video of Live TV setup under the Boxee after break.
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Boxee announced next firmware update

Boxee Box

Boxee finalized the periodicity of firmware updates for Boxee Box and other Boxee-based devices. It’ll be released every three months. So, next update should be available in May. It’ll include following improvements – faster loading and scrolling, favorites and history in browser, improved ffwd/rwd controls, new look for on-screen-display, possibility to sort by source, .nfo support, new languages and support for iPad.

Also Boxee promised fix a log of bugs in the upcoming update, such as generating of duplicate button presses in case of using USB IR receiver, impossibility to invoke HTTPS URLs from search bar, wrongly displaying of special characters etc.

Cord Cutters: three Boxee Box tips and tricks

A big fan of Boxee Box Janko Roettgers from Cord Cutters shared his three tips and tricks for Boxee Box users – bookmarklets, Delicious bookmarks and sharing of Boxee Box content over network. To add any web video to Watch Later queue on your Boxee Box in one click from any browser just follow by this simple instruction. After adding the video you may watch it on your Boxee Box.

The tip with using Delicious bookmarks via Boxee RSS Feeds will help a lot till Boxee team will add bookmarks to the embeded browser.

VUDU finally came to Boxee Box!

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Good news for Boxee Boxes owners and VUDU subscribers. With the latest firmware update you’ll have access to the VUDU content from your Boxee Boxes. Moreover, Boxee supports 1080p HD video at 24 fps and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround thanks to VUDU TruFilm technology which optimizes the encoding, transmission and display of HDX movies.

Unfortunately VUDU is available for the US only. But you still should upgrade your Boxee Box. Because except VUDU the latest firmware brings a lot of other changes and bugfxies, i. e. forcing of subtitle automatic selection during MKV file playback, support for language selection in subtitle/audio or settings to control de-interlacing and video filters configuration. To run upgrade procedure just go to Settings>System>Update and wait till the system download and install it.

ViewSonic adds Boxee to its HDTVs

Looks like Boxee becomes more and more popular. Yesterday ViewSonic demonstrated its new 46″ HD TV powered by Boxee on CES 2011. Like Boxee Box and Iomega TV it also has Intel Atom CE4100 inside. So, the process of new firmware development won’t be more difficult.

I like Boxee progress. From glamour version of XBMC it became self-sufficient product. DLink Boxee Box was a test of its strength. Iomega TV and ViewSonic HDTVs are big success. Wish Boxee to have more devices and more fans.

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