Back in December, we reported on the announcement from both Boxee and D-Link of the Boxee Box by D-Link, a media device powered by the Boxee software.
At CES, we saw the Boxee Box in action.
At the heart of the Boxee Box will be the Boxee software, and you won’t have to wait until the Boxee Box is released later this year to have a look at the software.
It is currently in Beta and you can sign up and download it today, so I did just that – and I also got Tim to do the same, but more on that later.
WHAT IS THE BOXEE SOFTWARE?
Here is what Boxee says:
Boxee is a social media center. With Boxee you can play videos, music and pictures from your computer, local network, and the Internet. You can also share with your friends what albums you’re listening to, what movies and TV shows you’re watching, send recommendations and more.
INSTALLING THE SOFTWARE
Installing the software was painless and fairly quick.
LAUNCHING THE SOFTWARE
The first time you launch the software you have to sign in with the account you created when you signed up with Boxee.
I actually found the signing in part to be quite painful. Even if you have a keyboard attached to whatever device you are using to run the software, it all has to be done with either the mouse or a remote. You would think that would be ok but to be honest I found it quite unresponsive and often ended up entering the wrong letter, even though I thought I pressed the correct one, and as the password only appears as ****** when you enter it you don’t know if you got it wrong until you try to sign in.
Fortunately you can have Boxee remember your details so you don’t have to go through this pain each and every time.
It is a beta so I am hoping this will get better!