Who's A Fan Of Boxee?

  • swimbikerun

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    May 16, 2010 1:22 AM GMT

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    I sure am! I've recently dumped my cable television subscription and now just have Boxee. I'm also getting into Python and XBMC animation.
    Sweet!

    http://technologizer.com/2009/01/16/life-without-comcast-an-experiment-in-internet-tv/
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    May 16, 2010 7:33 PM GMT
    Boxee is ok. I'm glad they're coming out with a set-top box. Although, I wish it wasn't so big and ugly. I'm pretty happy with Windows Media Center, so I'm gonna stick with that for a while.
  • swimbikerun

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    May 17, 2010 4:57 AM GMT
    xrichx saidBoxee is ok. I'm glad they're coming out with a set-top box. Although, I wish it wasn't so big and ugly. I'm pretty happy with Windows Media Center, so I'm gonna stick with that for a while.
    What else may I ask do you not like about Boxee or what do you like better about Windows Media Center?

    thanks!
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    May 17, 2010 8:34 AM GMT
    It's not that I don't like Boxee. It has a lot of potential. But the main drawback for me about Boxee (and XMBC) is that it lacks DVR functionality. I dumped cable years ago. But I still watch/record over-the-air DTV.

    MediaPortal and MythTV both offer DVR functions. And they both keep getting better. I'd say MediaPortal is a very good emulation of MCE. I just wish they had a Linux version. I think it's dumb that it runs on top of Windows. It makes sense for XP, since MCE was sold separately. But now that MCE comes bundled with Vista and W7, I don't see why anyone would bother installing MP.

    The other thing I like about MCE is that I can take the recorded shows and transcode them into other formats, either to archive them or dump them into my MP3/video player. The only thing I don't like about MCE is the codec support. But then again, that's what VLC is for.

    I heard rumors that Microsoft will be licensing an embedded version of MCE. If that rumor becomes true, I think Tivo will finally die.
  • swimbikerun

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    May 17, 2010 9:56 PM GMT
    xrichx saidIt's not that I don't like Boxee. It has a lot of potential. But the main drawback for me about Boxee (and XMBC) is that it lacks DVR functionality. I dumped cable years ago. But I still watch/record over-the-air DTV.

    MediaPortal and MythTV both offer DVR functions. And they both keep getting better. I'd say MediaPortal is a very good emulation of MCE. I just wish they had a Linux version. I think it's dumb that it runs on top of Windows. It makes sense for XP, since MCE was sold separately. But now that MCE comes bundled with Vista and W7, I don't see why anyone would bother installing MP.

    The other thing I like about MCE is that I can take the recorded shows and transcode them into other formats, either to archive them or dump them into my MP3/video player. The only thing I don't like about MCE is the codec support. But then again, that's what VLC is for.

    I heard rumors that Microsoft will be licensing an embedded version of MCE. If that rumor becomes true, I think Tivo will finally die.
    In my experience getting MythTV to play nice with remotes and the cable box never was a success. With the DVR functionality non-existent Boxee just works. Of course it's possible to simply use another piece of software to transcode stuff but I think the idea is, "don't transcode, just watch".
    Now that they've made a deal with http://www.brightcove.com/en/ and then possibly making an iPhone app out of it, there's no need for the transcoding step.
    It's hard to believe Tivo looks like it is dying!