Boxee Box Gets VUDU Streaming; Netflix Later In January

Boxee has added VUDU support to the Boxee Box by D-Link, as promised, with US users of the streaming media cube now able to access rented and purchased content. The Boxee STB supports VUDU's HDX format, for 24fps 1080p HD with Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound.

Netflix support, meanwhile, is coming later this month, and there's a full list of bugfixes and enhancements below. You can either wait for your Boxee Box to update automatically, or you can trigger the firmware update via the settings page.

Enhancements:

Settings to control de-interlacing and video filters configuration

Support for language selection in subtitle/audio

Forced subtitle automatic selection during MKV file playback

An option to ignore the prefix in the sort order for movies/albums/artists which start with 'The' and 'A' (big one!)

Enhancements to Browser performance

Browser opens in lower resolution to allow easier reading of text

Browser is zoomed into Video by default for non auto full screen websites

Direct launch of website when defining full URL in the search bar

Preselecting the current chapter when opening chapter selector for MKV/BluRay

Bug Fixes:

HTTPS support for the browser

4:3 Videos Stretched to 16:9

MKV Chapter Time is Displayed Incorrectly

Audio dropouts in DTS-HD audio

Improved WTV support

3gp playback errors

Improve BluRay titles loading time

Allow larger subtitles time offsets

Audio re-buffering when entering commercials in TV episodes.

Viewing "Info Menu" while watching 24hz videos cause temp reversion back 60hz

With playlist over 999 items, track numbers overlap repeat icon in OSD

TV Shows no longer show as watched and can't set to watched/unwatched

Crash at manual resolve if the user rapidly presses the menu/back button whilst the OS tries to apply details to files in a folder

When choosing from search suggestion list -> update the search editbox

Embedded fonts ignored on MKV playback with embedded SSA/ASS subtitles

SSA/ASS Subtitles position and font

Overlapping text when network settings changed

Empty state for App Favorites appearing for empty third-party repository

Crashing while resolving metadata for movies from UPNP

Listview mode is not preserved when returning from an artist selection

In certain cases video freezes when selecting play after pausing

Playing a video and after several times of pausing and skipping the video freezes and audio continues

Boxee remembers wrong PGS subtitle track in MKV file after leaving and then resuming playback

All subtitles (PGS) appears as 'unknown' for some BluRay titles

Crash when attempting to identify media via UPNP

Some .mkv and .m4v files with 2.35:1 AR are playing back vertically stretched to 1.78:1

Hang and video freezes or black screen when Pause Resume and or seeking FF/RWD during playback

Hang on WMV Stream Seeking

Crashed on shutdown and restarted automatically

Scrolling in Files Browse list results in partial control of Files menu and also crash

SMB credentials are not saved on reboot

When deleting an item from the watch later list the focus location of the last item is not remembered

Music tracks which are longer than an hour appears as "01:00:..." on the OSD

Rear channels on AAC 5.1 are not played properly w/ LPCM 5.1 out

Prompting user for credentials that are not used in accessing shares

Can't access network share due to Window Live on Windows 7

large flash videos stop playback when reaching Boxee file system limit

Reconnecting to disconnected shares disables selection in the Movies database view

Subtitles is disabled in the playback OSD for local content

No video only audio while playing certain m4v files

Flash video audio drops out for long length online videos

Disconnects from OSX SMB sources

Occasional loss of focus on main menu

Unidentified files in File Source with "Movies" in path name are being identified as a title called "Movies"

Crashed on shutdown and restarted automatically

Scrolling in Files Browse list results in partial control of Files menu and also crash