updated 01:55 pm EST, Tue January 24, 2012
Boxee Box 1.5 update brings new interface, more
Boxee Box has just released its 1.5 software update behind live TV function of its new tuner that we had a chance to check out at CES. There are also some other functionalities the update enables. With the tuner add-on, this update, and the main Boxee Box hardware, users can access over-the-air TV broadcasts as well as Internet content.
Apart from live broadcasts, viewers can expect a new user interface, better search, fresh library screens with simpler filtering, and management of browser pop-ups. It also now integrates Rotten Tomatoes and social account pairing.
The Live TV aspect will let users share what they're watching with friends using Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr. It displays how many people are watching a particular show at the same time among a friend circle. Rarely accessed channels can be hidden or renamed as well. The interface is also said to make jumping from a live show to more episodes from the web much quicker and simpler as well.
Boxee Box said it would look into adding a DVR feature to a future update. The update will arrive to all Boxee Box users over the next three days.