ATV Flash Users: You must follow the instructions on the ATV Flash Forums to get Boxee working properly. I am truly sorry that I cannot help you guys, but you have purchased a commercial product that has promised you something in return for your dollar, thus I suggest that you beat down their door first!
Early Access Beta Testers: Please follow this link:
Basically, you can now install Boxee Beta via the Launcher. If you go to Launcher --> Downloads you will see an entry for Boxee Beta r10xxx (or whatever the latest official version available is). To forestall any confusion I am now going to tell you exactly what this installer gives you (as of 9.30 am GMT 25th Feb 2010):
What does the installer install?
It will check if you have (and install if you don't) Flash 10.0 Final (the early Feb release with the security update), Boxee Beta....
It will also check if you have an advancedsettings.xml and if not (or if you do not have the ATV specific settings) will give you the following settings:
So no more manual editing of this file!
Please note: If you are running the Launcher Installer for the first time and may not have all of the files on your system, then it will take longer to run because, obviously, it has more stuff that it needs to download/install. Subsequent runs should take no longer than a normal Launcher Boxee/XBMC install that we are all used to....
Finally, first time you run Boxee, remove Movies as a local source in Settings --> Media. This is important if you wish Movie and TV Scraping to work properly! Also turn off autogeneration of thumbnails in settings to stop boxee crashing in file browse mode.
What the installer does not install?
The Launcher does not install Flash Beta since it is extremely buggy and can, in some cases, cause lock-ups of the ATV. Install it at your peril! Also Firefox 3.6 is not really necessary for making Boxee work (just helps for backdoor mature content workaround) so this is not installed either. If you are techy and don't mind messing things up, then you can install these kinds of things by following this thread:
Remember these are pretty unsupported hacks and you do them off your own back. Caveat Emptor!
Good Luck.... and check back for for updates every once in a while!
Finally: a few Thank You's!
Just wanted to say a few thank you's to the people who have made this possible:
the Launcher Project Owners (S.Diederich, S. Davilla) - Very graciously allowed me access to their project so that I could finesse the Boxee install process. They are XBMC Devs and not part of Boxee - and were therefore under no obligation to do this - so thanks!
The atvusb-creator Project Owners (S. Davilla, Amet1977 & Sam.Nazarko) for making it easy to install software on your ATV. You used to have to crack open your case, hook up your hard drive to a patch cable and connect it to your Computer and then do it all be hand! Now, some people find patchsticking their ATV hard - they don't know how good they've got it!
Keith: For making a pretty rough and ready script into something so smart. Also for stepping up to the plate and hosting necessary files when other sources were pulled. He deserves a medal (or some of your cold, hard, cash...)
Vulkanr: For taking Keith's script and making it Launcher-compatible and committing it to the Launcher Project. Also, for all the other work he's done on all the previous Boxee Installer's - has anyone every thanked him for the Alpha Installs? Probably not! Well, I'm doing it now!