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Are you sick of Mac OS X Front row, Windows Media Center or want a media center for Linux. Boxee is a new kind of media center that runs on Mac OS X and Ubuntu Linux, it will also support Windows in the near future (meanwhile check out cool windows media center alternatives Cool Windows Media Center Alternatives Cool Windows Media Center Alternatives Read More ). The framework that Boxee is built off of is XBMC which is the best media center available for Xbox.

Boxee is basically XBMC on steroids because it has social networking features so that you can view what your friends are watching and listening to on Boxee, as well as plugins that are written in Python so you can really customize Boxee a lot. Boxee also gas a skinning engine so if you get bored of the default look of Boxee then you can always download other skins or make your own.

Get on Boxee

Because Boxee is still in alpha there is a very limited amount of invitations that they’re going to give out so the best thing to do is to get to as soon as you can and enter your email address so that you can get on Boxee as soon as possible.

Once you’re emailed your invitation and go to their website you’ll be asked to enter a few details such as username, email, etc and it shouldn’t take anymore than 20 seconds to complete. After you’ve signed up you’ll be logged into your account.

The first thing that you will see when you login is a feed of your friends. Within the feed you will see the latest movies that they have watched and the latest music that they have listened too. If they rated it and liked it a thumb up will appear but if they didn’t like it then a thumb down will appear on the feed next to that movie or song. Whatever they listened to or watched will also linked to the imdb or page depending on if its a movie or music.

Under the Profile page is information about movies you’ve watched and music you’ve listened too.
The Friends page displays all your friends and also allows you to invite and add new friends.
Under the account page you can change your personal information and who you want to share your information with such as the world, your friends or nobody. Here you can also change your picture that is displayed throughout your profile.

At the bottom of the account page you have services. Here you can enter your twitter, friend feed and tumblr information and decide what information to share.
With these services you can twit, post and share.

Download and Installing Boxee

To download Boxee simply press the Download Boxee link once you’ve logged into your account then choose either the Mac OS X version or the Ubuntu Linux version. Support for Windows will most likely be added soon.
If you want to see the code behind Boxee then just simply download the source from the download page and play about with it.
If you’re on a broadband connection then Boxee should download fairly quickly as its only 30mb. The OS X version downloads as a package so you double click the package and click agree then click next then once the installation has finished Boxee will be in the Applications folder.

Using Boxee

When you first load up Boxee you will be presented with a window like the one shown above. From here enter your username and password for Boxee and you’ll be logged in.

This is what Boxee will look like the first time you login. In the top right corner is the weather and the time. Down the left side is what’s new, video, music, pictures, profile, downloads, settings and exit.

The main content that you see is the what’s new content and this is videos and music that your friends have recently listened too and watched.

When you select Video and hit enter you’ll see two more options My Videos and Internet Videos.
My Videos are movies that you have on your computer locally and Internet Videos are videos that a streamed from the internet and updated automatically via an RSS feed.
When you load up the Internet Videos for the first time the RSS feeds for sites that are there is, CNN, Revision3, Cnet and Youtube.

For music it is the same but for the music streaming websites its jamendo, muxtape, shoutcast, bbc, and NPR. You can also listen to music that is on your computer or in your iTunes library.

Pictures allows you to look at pictures that you have on your computer or you can search for pictures on Picasa and Flickr.

Under Profile you can see the latest content that you and your friends have viewed on Boxee.

Downloads allows you to view content that you’re currently downloading.

Under the Settings tab you have options for video, music, pictures, network, appearance, system, media sources, general and the credits of the people who made Boxee.

I think that Boxee is a really good media player and that it is a lot better than Front Row.

Want An Invite?

If you want to give Boxee a try we’re giving out invites to the first 20 people who ask for them in the comments.


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  1. kathy
    April 17, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    I would love to try boxee. can i please get one?

  2. elisrob
    January 18, 2010 at 7:45 am

    Is there any advantage to begging to be able to download Boxee at this point?

  3. sem
    October 23, 2009 at 11:01 am

    "Boxee is basically XBMC on steroids because it has social networking features so that you can view what your friends are watching and listening to on Boxee, as well as plugins that are written in Python so you can really customize Boxee a lot."

    Haha, Great quote. I think I am going to have to check out this Boxee service.

  4. meaw
    October 8, 2009 at 10:55 pm


    i want one ^^

  5. Deb Hammond
    June 19, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    I would LUV an invite! I'm new to Macs and this looks GREAT!!! I had hulu on my PC, but I'd reeeeely like THIS!

    Thanks much!

  6. Nice
    June 19, 2009 at 12:17 am

    Interesting. I wish I had some time to test it.

  7. Jason
    June 15, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    An invite would be great.

    I hope I am not too late.

  8. vern cameron
    February 15, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    I would like an invite

  9. matt
    February 8, 2009 at 1:42 am

    would love an invite if available. Thanks!

  10. Alex
    January 5, 2009 at 12:38 am

    Guys, I'm getting an apple tv soon and would LOVE an invite. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

    aulitsky at gmail dot com

  11. JR
    December 30, 2008 at 9:01 pm


  12. Tyler
    December 25, 2008 at 7:51 am


  13. Joel
    December 22, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    Any invites left?? Can I have one?? Thanks!

  14. John
    December 9, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    I bought a new hdtv just for boxee can i please have invite

  15. Scott
    November 14, 2008 at 6:59 am

    If anyone has a spare invite to Boxee it would be much appreciated!

    scottbrouilette at googlmail dot com


  16. disconnect
    November 10, 2008 at 4:09 am

    may i have an invite?

    tempinder at gmail dot com

  17. Dany Gller
    October 30, 2008 at 1:10 pm


    I beg for an invitation...
    Just got my Apple TV....


  18. gordon keays
    October 29, 2008 at 2:50 am

    looks good would like a invite to try it

  19. Ryne Nelson
    October 27, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    just bought an apple tv, i only am gunna keep if I can get an invite! pleaze help!!! thanks

  20. German
    October 17, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    Working on an Ubuntu MythTV - Multiple Apple TV Boxee installation would you please send me an invite

  21. frank
    October 9, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    una!!!!! senor por favor!!!!!!!!!!

  22. Ty Taylor
    October 9, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    Just installed Boxee on my Apple TV. Praying for an invite.

  23. ANdy
    October 5, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    I have an old desktop that is just waiting to become a media center for me since my old xbmc xbox died. Please O pass on an invite.

  24. iplaydog
    October 4, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    If you still have invites, I would used on my apple tv. Thanx

  25. Jeremy
    October 3, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    If you still have any invites, I would love one :)

  26. AndyH
    October 2, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    most likely there are none left, but if there are i would Love one!

  27. Mike
    October 2, 2008 at 9:01 am

    Any invites left? Guess not since there are more than 20 responses already... would love to give it a whirl on my AppleTV, Mac, Ubuntu and XP...

    • avner ronen
      October 2, 2008 at 5:44 pm

      sure. just send me your email address avner [at] boxee d0t tv

  28. David Kanary
    September 19, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    Would love to have this for linux and Mac, but Mac if there's only one shot at this.



  29. dru
    September 18, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    if invites are still going id love one ;D for linux

  30. mediaman
    September 13, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    Please send me one too! I am using ubuntu. Thank you.

  31. linux freak
    September 12, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    i would like an invite for ubuntu 7.10 saved with this article i've been searching for a cool media center on ubuntu

  32. Pawel
    September 5, 2008 at 10:42 am

    For a long time I have been looking for software that works like this. Please send me an invite for linux or win please.
    Thank you.

  33. morpheus.endless
    August 27, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    Appreciate if you would send an invite for Mac..

    morpheus dot endless at gmail dot com

  34. Szynib
    August 24, 2008 at 3:27 am

    And one invite for me, please! szymtor at gmail.

  35. Kyle
    August 19, 2008 at 2:52 am

    This looks soo cool... Invite pleeeeeese grainwave at gmail

  36. James
    August 17, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    Man I can't believe how hard it is to get an invite. Anyone have a spare, please send one to iamcdn28 at yahoo. Thanks!

  37. Trent
    August 12, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    I would like an invite for Ubuntu 8.04!!!

  38. Espen
    August 10, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    An invite would be awesome :)

  39. stifen
    August 10, 2008 at 2:57 am

    Can i have the invite too... :)

  40. b
    August 9, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    looks like MySpace bid for media based social network

  41. Nabeel Ahmed
    August 9, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    I want an invite too. Plz try n give me one.

  42. Wez Pyke
    August 9, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    All the invites have been sent out now, enjoy Boxee :)

    If you'd like an invite please post a comment and I'll try and send you one if I get the time.

    • Deb Hammond
      July 27, 2009 at 11:46 pm

      I would love an invite at your convenience to check this out on my MacBook 10.5.6!

  43. Wez Pyke
    August 9, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    I'll be sending out invites to everyone that commented before this comment later today.

  44. alon
    August 9, 2008 at 7:52 am

    can i please get an invite for windows


  45. fosk
    August 9, 2008 at 6:14 am

    Iìd like to get this a try =)

  46. DiggLife
    August 9, 2008 at 3:45 am

    Awesome.Could I have one?

  47. Justin Scott
    August 9, 2008 at 2:52 am

    I just love an invite, what an awesome product! i've been looking for something like this for both of my machines, ubuntu and mac.

  48. murlidhar
    August 8, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    just what the doctor ordered. i was searching for a media center for my custom made ubuntu.

  49. Rob
    August 8, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    Could I please get an invite for windows/linux?



  50. Dan
    August 8, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    I'll gladly give you hamburger tomorrow for an invitation today (catch the Popeye reference? Actually I guess it was more of a "Whimpy" reference....)

    thanks! XBMC rocks, this should kick butt. Hopefully they'll get it on Windows soon, there goes "Windows Media Center"...

  51. Hemant
    August 8, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    Would love to try it on my MacBook Pro

  52. fr3@K
    August 8, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    Boxee invitation please. Thx lots~

  53. Gihan Perera
    August 8, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    Boxeeeeee rocks!

    Would love an invite for Ubuntu 8.04.
    Thanks guys, and great article!

  54. Nangineer
    August 8, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Oooh. Could i get an invite please?
    I'm on Ubuntu 8.04

  55. Dave S.
    August 8, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    (don't know if previous comments got posted but here's another try)

    I would really like an invite for OS X please :)

  56. Dave S.
    August 8, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    Would love an invite for Mac OS X!

  57. Dave S.
    August 8, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    A boxee invite would be great. Looks like some very interesting software I could use to replace Front Row on my Mac.

  58. Daniel Davis
    August 8, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    I would appreciate a linux invite. Thanks muchly! :-)

  59. fausto23
    August 8, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    i want a invitation for linux please

  60. fausto23
    August 8, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    i want takea chance with this media center for linux please

  61. Steven Heller
    August 8, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    i'll take one for OS X, PLEASE!

  62. Roger
    August 8, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    I also like to get boxee for linux Thanks

  63. Yamil
    August 8, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    If it's not late, I'd really like to have an invitation, please.

  64. Ben
    August 8, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    I'd like to take Boxee for a spin. Thanks!

  65. Gabriel
    August 8, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    I want one.

  66. Kevin Doyle
    August 8, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    Would love an invite.

  67. Reo
    August 8, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    Can I have an invitation please? Looks very nice!

  68. Reo
    August 8, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    Can I have an invitation please. Looks very nice!

  69. Dan Kosai
    August 8, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    I'll take one, thanks.

  70. Nico
    August 8, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    hi sir, could I get an invitation?

  71. Justin
    August 8, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    Looks like a great new entry into the media center field. I would welcome the opportunity to be invited to test out the alpha version.

  72. Blake Elias
    August 8, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    Hey, could I get an invitation?

  73. Tanner Smith
    August 8, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    Woah - very nice. A invite would be quite a honor.

  74. Paul
    August 8, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    Please send me an invite. This program looks very good!

  75. Regio
    August 8, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    It seems to be a nice product.

    Can I have a invit please ?


  76. Jake
    August 8, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    I'd like an invite, this program looks very promising

    • AJ
      December 21, 2008 at 2:22 pm

      Hi Jake ,

      MAy I request you to please send a invite for Boxee if possible

      Many Thanks

  77. Sal
    August 8, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    definitely want to try this digisal at gmail dot com

  78. Chris
    August 8, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    Yes sir

  79. Mark
    August 8, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    May I have an invite, please?

    Posted from MakeUseOf Mobile, using MoFuse.

  80. Daniel Davis
    August 8, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    If you have any invitations left, I would be much obliged if you would send one my direction. In return, I have a if you would like one.