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Boxee is Bad

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This bug is the reason why I haven't moved to Boxee. After reading multiple times, I still don't understand why this issue can't be fixed. I have an assortment of shows that are sitting on my hard drive at home. Boxee likes to fill in the gaps of what I don't have with those that are available online. Great. But, it also likes to search for any online content first instead of any local content. What this means is that my full local collection of South Park videos takes ~30 sec to 1 min to load because Boxee wants to check if there are any shows available online as well. WTH? THEY ARE ALL LOCAL, I DON'T CARE IF THEY ARE ONLINE-VIEWABLE!

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XBMC

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Well, I'm back to xbmc. Or rather, I'm trying it in production for the second time. Because of this issue, I have decided to pursue other avenues for HTPC software. In other words, I've dropped Boxee. Querying online content before querying local network files is just ridiculous. I don't know if this is what is actually happening, but it sure feels like it.

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Finally!

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Last night I finally swapped out my Windows+MediaPortal HTPC for a Linux Mint+Boxee one. The benefits, of course, being the on-line content that Boxee brings to the table as well as the ability to use the $20 Vista-only remotes I bought ~3 years ago. I played back some 1080p videos in testing, and... wow. Not a peep from the newer machine (dual core, 2GB, 512MB video). This was a stark contrast to my other HTPC that sounded more like a jet engine than a computer when attempting to play HD content.

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Initial Boxee Issues

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So I've been playing with Boxee full time for a week or so, and I've run into just one small issue that... stinks. There is no way to specify a movie vs. a TV show. This becomes a problem when you have a TV show named Ghost Hunters and there is a movie with the same name. Similarly, an episode of Robot Chicken was tagged as Spider Man: Behind The Scenes. For the most part, this isn't an issue. However, it would be nice to re-tag items that are incorrectly tagged. Not a show stopper, but something definitely annoying to the [power] end user.

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Changing Media Centers

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I have decided to make the switch. Yes, a new media center (or HTPC, if you prefer). I've been a longtime follower and user of MediaPortal, both for its ability to run on different hardware and the quality of the finished project. It has the ability to run a TV "server", and schedule recordings and playback for every MP computer in the house. In addition, it has great plugin support and the quality of the plugins are just as good.

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