So after asking how I might go about removing internet streaming from boxee, the answer from up above seems to be "If you don't like it, try something else".
After poking around on the internet, the next similar few programs I found were:
- Plex - no PC support
- Windows media center - No media scraping, so not a chance even if it was free.
- mythTV - I have no need for DVR support and the interface doesn't compare.
- XBMC - This seems decent, but severely lacks ease of use, media organization and sorting.
So here I am again. I completely love the smart organization of TV shows and movies that Boxee offers for local content, BUT, Boxee won't stop adding streaming sources to 'my TV shows" which is entirely frustrating when I have 100+ episodes of a show and think "Oh I haven't seen this episode yet, only to get directed to ABC/comedy central/hulu etc and offered a very low res/bitrate source.
I can easily ignore feeds and everything in the library, but when Boxee "helps" fill in missing stuff in the My shows page, it is completely maddening and would be enough to drive me away except there are no equally viable alternative programs out there.
The only thing it would take to make me 100% happy with Boxee is a simple setting of "streaming sources enable/disable"
After sieving through the XML I've concluded that streaming sources must not be stored with the profile otherwise I'd have just added --- and been on my merry way.
I really like this program and this one degree of freedom is keeping me from enjoying my htpc experience. This one change could be offered as a paid upgrade and I would happily consider normal boxee to simply be a 'free trial'.