I loved the idea of the Boxee Box, I really did. I almost bought one sight-unseen. But then I thought to myself, "maybe I should download the latest version for my Mac and see how it's changed." Honestly, I've never been too impressed with the interface and how everything works. Now that I'm trying to get serious about this whole set-top box kinda thing, there's a few things I'd like to know.
Some pretext about me: I really don't care about resolution (gasp!). Yeah, I have an HDTV, but let's face it, the content is the same, whether it comes in HD or not. I'd rather have 50 episodes of an SD show that 10 episodes of an HD show that takes up the same space on a hard drive (I know that's a gross over-simplification, but bare with me) I'll primarily be using the Boxee Box to stream TV episodes and movies ripped from Handbrake to an NAS and Netflix (and possibly Hulu if the the rumors of only Hulu Plus are true AND Hulu Plus drops its price to the rumored $/month)
Here we go:
- First and foremost: Is there any way to turn off the kind of automatic tagging/titling that Boxee feels the need to force on me? All of my media has been meticulously tagged, described and rated already. I don't need Boxee trying to determine (often wrongly) what the title and description is for an episode of Seinfeld. It's already done. Sorry Boxee, but the episode "The Beard" is not a movie directed by Andy Warhol released 1966.
- Along those same lines, is it possible to tell Boxee what kind of media a video is? Is there any way that I can manually add TV Shows to the TV Episodes tab? Again, I don't need Boxee trying to figure out what kind of media is in my library. I already know.
- How does Boxee organize TV episodes? Is it by show>season>episode (like I hope it is) or by show>episode-alphabetical (which is fairly useless for me)? Again, I can't really tell because Boxee tries to figure out what kind of videos my media is.
- No Netflix right now? Really?
- Only Hulu Plus? Really?
I think that's all for now, but when I think of more, I might post them. These are definitely the kind of dealbreakers at this point, though.
Obviously, these are just a few things that I've found with the desktop version of Boxee, but I'm assuming that the Box is fairly similar. But, if someone could enlighten me a bit, I would appreciate it.