Boxee Beta is officially announced!

Boxee beta UI

As it was announced before yesterday night the Beta version of Boxee was demonstrated for Boxee fans in Brooklyn and online viewers. It’s planning to be in public on Russian Christmas – Jan 7th, 2010. However, you may see the screenshots of new UI and read about novelty on the Boxee blog. Additionally you can ask invitation to test Boxee beta before its public release. Just add here your email, desire OS and Boxee user name is so.

From the first glass I like new media management system, especially immediate access to the content without going through an App. Queue looks also very useful with possibility to add new episodes for favourite TV Shows. For sure, sharing of what your watching with custom message which can be viewed by your Boxee, Twitter or Facebook followers is really cool. This is a social media center isn’t it?

Using DirectX with DXVA for Windows instead of OpenGL will allow to playback HD content (even flash) on nVidia Ion nettops with Atom processors. That’s great, but I prefer VDPAU support for graphic acceleration under Linux. Hope it’ll be added soon (for XBMC is already done). Official support for Snow Leopard and Ubuntu Karmic can be also counted as plus of the Boxee Beta.

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