updated 01:15 pm EST, Fri November 6, 2009
Should differ dramatically from current alpha
The first public beta of Boxee will be shown on December 7th, according to its developer. The app is primarily used to stream movies and TV shows to an HDTV, including remote content from sources such as Hulu and Netflix. Music and photos can also be streamed; versions of the app have been produced for the Mac, Windows and the Apple TV.
Long in development, the beta version of Boxee is described as a radical departure from the latest alpha. The software has been given an entirely new user interface, with improved navigation including shortcuts. Users can now also run searches in the movie and TV show categories, and create a custom queue, eliminating the need to return to menus between clips. Public availability of the beta is scheduled for January 7th.