Using XBMC as the application framework for its GUI and media player core platform, Boxee is a great multimedia software center. Boxee is an open source, cross platform software with a 10-foot user interface and social networking features designed for your TV.
Boxee supports a wide range of audio and video formats and can play from a CD/DVD, HDD, or stream over SMB/SAMBA/CIFS . It also includes features such as slide shows, audio visualizations, weather forecasting and playlists. Using the Python plugin system, Boxee comes bundled with addon features like support for Apple movie trailer support and subtitle downloading, Jamendo, Last.fm, NPR, Shoutcast, Blip.TV, CBS, Comedy Central, Youtube, MTV, Netflix, Revision3 among others. Through the processing power of modern PC hardware, Boxee is able to decode high-definition video up to 1080p. Boxee is also able to use Nvidia’s VDPAU on Ubuntu Linux installations to accelerate HD content with the help of a system’s GPU.
Users can also follow the activity of other Boxee users who are added as friends, and can publicly rate and recommend content. Users can also control what media appear in the activity feed in order to maintain privacy. If a user recommends something that is freely available from an internet content service, then Boxee will let others users stream it directly. If a user recommends something that is not freely available then Boxee will try to show metadata, and movie trailers if it is a movie that the user recommend. Boxee can also export a user’s media activity feed to other social networking services such as FriendFeed, Twitter, and Tumblr.
Boxee also includes a built-in BitTorrent client, with a frontend for it integrated into the Boxee interface, and there are also torrent links to legal BitTorrent trackers download sites incorporated by default. Through Boxee’s Python plugin system it is also possible for the end-users to make themselves or add unofficial plugins made by third-party persons for other BitTorrent trackers. Boxee is available for download after a short signup process.