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CR App on Boxee discontinued
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trianglema wrote:

The WD TV comes closest because of the huge number of file formats it can play, but it still can't act as a media server. I'd have to:

- Make my computer into the media server, which wouldn't work very well and would use tons more power than the Boxee.
- Build/buy a dedicated server, which would cost way too much.
- Keep the Boxee, which wouldn't make any sense because I just bought the WD TV to replace it and I only have one TV.


I still don't understand this requirement, so you'll have to figure it out yourself.

Chances are you won't find anything perfect unless you do it yourself.
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trianglema wrote:

There's also the issue of spending $120 on something so I can watch a $60 per year subscription service. It doesn't make financial sense. Especially when I bought the Boxee because it was basically a cheap media server with CR and Youtube. Then I finally get the money for another year's subscription together and CR stops supporting the Boxee with no warning after a month. It's frustrating and ridiculous.

I assume you are not in the U.S., as neither the Roku, WD TV Live, or Ouya require paying out $120 here.

The WD TV Live could be ruled out for CR, as it has no app for premium access, only the Launchpad app from Flingo that doesn't support log in.

The previous generation top of the line Roku XD|S can be had for cheap. The two most recent auctions on ebay for fully functional used units both went for under $25 including shipping. Keep in mind while it works fine for CR, it it beginning to show its age (no support for subtitles and alternate audio on Netflix, unlike the current units, won't run the Vudu app, etc.).

The downside is that you'll be waiting on HD until CR completes the revisions to the new app and resubmits it.

The OUYA + XMBC would come the closest to doing what your Boxee Box does, but has the most uncertain future of the three.

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boxee + xbmc has potential too, but would still miss crunchyroll support. lets convince cr to adapt the boxee app for xbmc implementation
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TheAncientOne wrote:

I assume you are not in the U.S., as neither the Roku, WD TV Live, or Ouya require paying out $120 here.


No, I just looked at a couple of results for the WD TV Live. Both of them were inflated; I should have written $90.


The WD TV Live could be ruled out for CR, as it has no app for premium access, only the Launchpad app from Flingo that doesn't support log in.


That rules out the WD TV, then.


The previous generation top of the line Roku XD|S can be had for cheap. The two most recent auctions on ebay for fully functional used units both went for under $25 including shipping. Keep in mind while it works fine for CR, it it beginning to show its age (no support for subtitles and alternate audio on Netflix, unlike the current units, won't run the Vudu app, etc.).

The downside is that you'll be waiting on HD until CR completes the revisions to the new app and resubmits it.


HD is a must, so I'll have to watch for the app updating if I haven't found something by then.


The OUYA + XMBC would come the closest to doing what your Boxee Box does, but has the most uncertain future of the three.


I'm sort of interested in the Ouya outside of CR, but the first hardware revision is coming out next year so I've been waiting to see if the business survives.

Thanks for all the help, everyone! I have a better idea of what I'm going to do now.

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mozychan wrote:

boxee + xbmc has potential too, but would still miss crunchyroll support. lets convince cr to adapt the boxee app for xbmc implementation


Just having the Boxee keep working would be my favorite solution, or at least knowing what's stopping that.
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Posted 11/12/13

eyeofpain wrote:


trianglema wrote:

The WD TV comes closest because of the huge number of file formats it can play, but it still can't act as a media server. I'd have to:

- Make my computer into the media server, which wouldn't work very well and would use tons more power than the Boxee.
- Build/buy a dedicated server, which would cost way too much.
- Keep the Boxee, which wouldn't make any sense because I just bought the WD TV to replace it and I only have one TV.


I still don't understand this requirement, so you'll have to figure it out yourself.

Chances are you won't find anything perfect unless you do it yourself.
The Boxee Box can be connected to a USB drive (up to 2TB) and become a NAS, acting as a shared network drive as well as playing all of the media files locally. The device was essentially three major network and multimedia appliances in one.

I think the gist for non-Boxee-owners to be aware of to understand our frustration is this: For an all-in-one, it was surprisingly good at all three functions. However, if we have to switch to a replacement device for one or two of these functions, it goes from being a great multipurpose appliance to a rather lousy single-purpose device which might as well be replaced for its other functions as well. Buying two to three replacement devices to cover all of these functions, or building your own all-in-one machine, would ultimately cost several times the original cost of the Boxee. For instance, if you chose to switch to Roku, you'd need to buy (for example) a Roku and a 2TB NAS, and something that streams MKVs and ISOs (with SSA subtitle support).




mozychan wrote:

boxee + xbmc has potential too, but would still miss crunchyroll support. lets convince cr to adapt the boxee app for xbmc implementation


This, I think, would be ideal. I would subscribe again for this, since it wouldn't rely on their support for a specific device.
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Posted 11/14/13
Has anyone recieved more informative feedback from CR yet? I got an e-mail a few days ago to the effect that my concerns were being passed along to the developers. Nothing since then.
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Posted 11/15/13
Howdy.

There's nothing more to say. :/
I'm sorry, we no longer support the device.
Kinda like we no longer support iOS 3.
Technology waxes and wanes. We support what is feasible.
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Posted 11/20/13
I was asked to post this here:


BasouKazuma wrote:

To clear things up, it was decided that we'd no longer provide updates for Boxee Box, after Boxee themselves dropped support, and to just leave it there for as long as it was still functional. Then, last week, the app had required maintenance in order to continue functioning so it was time for it to be dropped. I admit that this was poorly conveyed both internally and externally. Personally, I didn't even know why it was discontinued until days afterward.


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