Hi, I've recently set up a HTPC with Kubuntu 9.10 64-bit running Boxee most of the time. The fam loves the intuitive, casual Boxee interface, but now that they've gotten a taste, they want everything to be perfect. Before I waste tons of time trying to perfect things that might be beyond my control I just want some input about why some things might not be working.
The machine is an Acer Revo R1600 with the Ion graphics and 1GB of RAM. I have the nvidia driver installed. Boxee plays local videos beautifully on my 20-inch HDTV, using 1369x768 resolution and a VGA connection. Boxee also plays certain flash-based content very nicely enlarged to full screen, such as stuff from PBS or YouTube or the Keep in Shape app or Vimeo or the Onion News Network. This is despite the fact that the flash player is still version 10.0.4something because Adobe hasn't released 10.1 for linux 64-bit.
The problem arises with Hulu and the major TV network web sites like NBC. They don't work at all (Hulu can't stream the video) or work so poorly it's not worth it. Now most of the help posts I've seen suggest that this is because Flash isn't optimized yet ... However, those other flash-based content providers are working fine. So my machine is CAPABLE of showing that kind of content even without a flash update.
What is so different about that content from Hulu, NBC, etc that makes it screw up?
Is there anything I should do, hardware or software-wise, that will not consume days and risk screwing up my whole installation? Or should I just keep things as they are and wait for flash 10.1? (or for HTML5 to take over the world?)