Don't buy a +Boxee
Box by +D-Link
I purchased a #boxeebox
about 1 1/2 years ago on sale (#chuckles) for $190. It changed things for our household and paid for itself within 6 months, as it organized all of our content and online video into one fairly well organized view without having to pay a cent for the content (cut the cable).
does very well is that is grabs media from a multiple sources and organizes it for you, allowing you to loko at the line-up of all of your favourite shows. In addition the latest LiveTV addition really enhances the content available.
Unfortuantely, that's about all it does well. The box itself freezes periodically (weekly), and there are numerous bugs and issues which +Boxee
has failed to resolve for over a year. Some online content no longer works on #boxee
(Global TV, CityTV), perhaps not their fault because the latest version Flash is not licenced for this processer however, that's a far cry for an excuse for not using HTML5. I can't watch Internet content through these two major Canadian networks because of it, nor can I watch Youtube movies #fail
. This is just a drop in the bucket. Browse the Boxee Forums and you'll see a long history of disatisfaction and plain anger from the community. Some people feel betrayed, others overcome with frustration. Yes, there are moderators on their claiming to be looking after these issues but nothing seems to be getting done. As someone from the outside looking in, it feels like you are talking to a wall which echos back nothing you really want to hear.
What puts things over the top is the pure #ignorance
which this company demonstrates by releasing an entirely new product geared towards cloud storage and access for Boxee users. Why on earth would you spend time on providing this option when the device you want them to access it on doesn't itself work smoothly?!
I've been patient for a long while now but I simply feel like a sucker. So please, whomever may be listening, don't be a sucker like I have been. Save yourself the frustration and find a product which will let you simply sit back and enjoy. I feel like its 1995 again and my Windows PC froze so I have to go through the reboot process over and over. After getting past the initial hype, it was good but its simply not good enough.
Luckily there are options out there, I'm currently considering the +Roku
and +Google TV
(please comment with recommendations). It seems that neither offers the integration of organizing your favourite shows. I don't quite understand why, perhaps Boxee owns US patent XYZ as a method for organizing television programs through a Linux kernal and displaying them on a television? Regardless, the +Roku
seems much more polished and the Google product being a Google product will (hopefully) apply the #kaizan
principle as other Google products have done.
Long live the cable cutting revolution!