So I thought I would wait a week or two after switching before posting this but I have migrated 100% to XBMC after around 15 months of Boxee Box usage now.
Before I get going I thought I'd share my set up with you... I'm using a 55 inch Samsung D7000 LED TV, a QNap TS-212 NAS with a 6gb Raid array (around 400 full blu ray rips) and a Sony HDMI receiver with 5.1 sound. Before Boxee I tried all sorts of streaming and DLNA based options and turned to the Boxee Box for an all in one solution.
Early on my experience was pretty good, I was still using USB local storage and the firmware was still young. I found the whole thing a little slow but everything pretty much worked. Firmware updates were quite regular I was a happy Boxee user all in all.
As time progressed new firmware came out, the interface got prettier but some strange issues were introduced. I got stuttering in 720p TV shows that played smoothly, features like custom zoom were broken and some of my local content refused to be scraped. I endured and hoped it would all get fixed.
Well... these things were never fixed and I put it down to set up and tried to live with it all. Recently I bit the bullet and went with A dual core Zotac Z-Box AD-04 (with 120gb SSD and 8GB of Ram) connected it all to my NAS and hey presto! Everything works, everything plays and every single movie was scraped and scanned in under 10 minutes.
The boxes shipped out today and went to a new home. Ok so the HTPC cost me just under £300 but the Boxee Box was £190 when I bought it... so not a million miles away. Plus I could of gone for a 60gb SSD and 4gb of RAM. and cut the cost down to around £250.
I'm truly not here to flame or troll or anything else but I have to say the HTPC experience for me so far has just been so much better than Boxee, it's quick, it's smooth and everything works. There are a huge amount of options for customisation and the open source aspect means that it's constantly being improved, with no hidden agendas.
Sure there is probably a little more set up as it's essentially a computer running Windows 7 but as we are probably all geeks here anyway this is more of a pro than a con If anyone has any questions about how I set things up or anything else I'll be glad to answer... and before Darcilicious jumps down my throat I just put this up to let people know my experience... not to dis Boxee.
Hopefully the Boxee Box V2 will solve a lot of the issues and stop people making the same move I have