Boxee Box Firmware Update Released – Take Two

by Damian on January 19, 2011 · 8 comments

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About a week ago  new firmware was released only to mysteriously disappear within hours due to numerous bugs. Well, a new firmware has just been released, and hopefully this starts to right the ship which has been on a very odd journey. One item in particular worth mentioning is that Vudu has now officially been released to the Boxee Box. Vudu HDX will be running on the Boxee Box, which offers 1080p 24fps video along with 5.1 channel Dolby Digital Plus. Boxee also has an offer where any new member who signs up for Vudu via the Boxee Box will receive a $5.99 credit towards the first purchase/rental.

On another note, Avner Ronan mentioned that the ever elusive Netflix is still on pace to arrive on the Boxee Box by the end of January. More details will be provided by Boxee next week discussing.

The full post and release notes can be found here. You can also see the release notes below (some important enchancements/fixes are mkv forced subtitle support, hopefully correcting DTS-HD audio dropouts, and improved BluRay title loading times). Hopefully you will not see a follow up post from me saying this firmware has been retracted :-)

Here are the firmware upgrades included in today’s release:

Enhancements:

  • Settings to control de-interlacing and video filters configuration
  • Support for language selection in subtitle/audio
  • Forced subtitle automatic selection during MKV file playback
  • An option to ignore the prefix in the sort order for movies/albums/artists which start with ‘The’ and ‘A’ (big one!)
  • Enhancements to Browser performance
  • Browser opens in lower resolution to allow easier reading of text
  • Browser is zoomed into Video by default for non auto full screen websites
  • Direct launch of website when defining full URL in the search bar
  • Preselecting the current chapter when opening chapter selector for MKV/BluRay

Bug Fixes:

  • HTTPS support for the browser
  • 4:3 Videos Stretched to 16:9
  • MKV Chapter Time is Displayed Incorrectly
  • Audio dropouts in DTS-HD audio
  • Improved WTV support
  • 3gp playback errors
  • Improve BluRay titles loading time
  • Allow larger subtitles time offsets
  • Audio re-buffering when entering commercials in TV episodes.
  • Viewing “Info Menu” while watching 24hz videos cause temp reversion back 60hz
  • With playlist over 999 items, track numbers overlap repeat icon in OSD
  • TV Shows no longer show as watched and can’t set to watched/unwatched
  • Crash at manual resolve if the user rapidly presses the menu/back button whilst the OS tries to apply details to files in a folder
  • When choosing from search suggestion list -> update the search editbox
  • Embedded fonts ignored on MKV playback with embedded SSA/ASS subtitles
  • SSA/ASS Subtitles position and font
  • Overlapping text when network settings changed
  • Empty state for App Favorites appearing for empty third-party repository
  • Crashing while resolving metadata for movies from UPNP
  • Listview mode is not preserved when returning from an artist selection
  • In certain cases video freezes when selecting play after pausing
  • Playing a video and after several times of pausing and skipping the video freezes and audio continues
  • Boxee remembers wrong PGS subtitle track in MKV file after leaving and then resuming playback
  • All subtitles (PGS) appears as ‘unknown’ for some BluRay titles
  • Crash when attempting to identify media via UPNP
  • Some .mkv and .m4v files with 2.35:1 AR are playing back vertically stretched to 1.78:1
  • Hang and video freezes or black screen when Pause Resume and or seeking FF/RWD during playback
  • Hang on WMV Stream Seeking
  • Crashed on shutdown and restarted automatically
  • Scrolling in Files Browse list results in partial control of Files menu and also crash
  • SMB credentials are not saved on reboot
  • When deleting an item from the watch later list the focus location of the last item is not remembered
  • Music tracks which are longer than an hour appears as “01:00:…” on the OSD
  • Rear channels on AAC 5.1 are not played properly w/ LPCM 5.1 out
  • Prompting user for credentials that are not used in accessing shares
  • Can’t access network share due to Window Live on Windows 7
  • large flash videos stop playback when reaching Boxee file system limit
  • Reconnecting to disconnected shares disables selection in the Movies database view
  • Subtitles is disabled in the playback OSD for local content
  • No video only audio while playing certain m4v files
  • Flash video audio drops out for long length online videos
  • Disconnects from OSX SMB sources
  • Occasional loss of focus on main menu
  • Unidentified files in File Source with “Movies” in path name are being identified as a title called ”Movies”
  • Crashed on shutdown and restarted automatically
  • Scrolling in Files Browse list results in partial control of Files menu and also crash
  • SMB credentials are not saved on reboot
  • When deleting an item from the watch later list the focus location of the last item is not remembered
  • Music tracks which are longer than an hour appears as “01:00:…” on the OSD
  • Rear channels on AAC 5.1 are not played properly w/ LPCM 5.1 out
  • Prompting user for credentials that are not used in accessing shares
  • Can’t access network share due to Window Live on Windows 7
  • Large flash videos stop playback when reaching Boxee file system limit
  • Reconnecting to disconnected shares disables selection in the Movies database view
  • Subtitles is disabled in the playback OSD for local content
  • No video only audio while playing certain m4v files
  • Flash video audio drops out for long length online videos
  • Disconnects from OSX SMB sources
  • Occasional loss of focus on main menu
  • Unidentified files in File Source with “Movies” in path name are being identified as a title called ”Movies”




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{ 8 comments }

dch January 19, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Since this update is the same as the RC2 release, it’s unlikely to be retracted :)

Loving Vudu! :D

Coop January 19, 2011 at 8:02 pm

Still no love for moviename/Video_ts/.vob
About half my movies don’t show up. :(

Damian January 20, 2011 at 7:51 am

I didn’t know that was an issue. I tested a few DVD Folder rips and they showed fine

Coop January 20, 2011 at 5:22 pm

It seem’s strange but I now have 100 more movies showing up but still missing around 200. Looking through them they all seem to my DVD rips so I assumed there was an issue. Maybe I need to leave the box powered up longer.

J0539h January 23, 2011 at 12:21 pm

What’s the best way of sharing media on my WHS so that when I ‘SHARE’ using my Boxee Box, a link to my content, over upnp or http is available externally?

Damian January 25, 2011 at 8:46 am

Just a quick update. On Boxee’s original blog post they stated teh following:

“We’ve heard from many of you about Netflix as well – we are still on track for a release later this month. We will post another update next week on the subject.”

A user on AVSForum just noticed that “we are still on track for a release later this month” has now been deleted from the Blog.

Maybe this wasn’t supposed to have been posted originally, but seems awfully sneaky…

Jesus January 26, 2011 at 5:19 pm

I just got at Logitech Revue from my job at DISH, and have to say that even with the new up date the Revue is still a better option compare to the Boxee Box. I love how the Revue has perfectly combined my DISH programming with the internet and online streaming. Also with the Netflix app preloaded, I have no need for Vudu or Hulu. Check it out at dish.com/googletv!

Damian January 27, 2011 at 5:57 am

I think it just depends on how you wanted to use the Boxee Box. If your main objective was local content playback then the Revue doesn’t stand a chance against the Boxee Box. However, if you are looking to integrate your DVR box as well as Netflix/web browsing the Revue seems like the better option

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