I used to use XBMC on Xbox. Switched to Boxee on a Mac Mini a couple of years ago.
If Boxee's dead what next? I actually liked Boxee (thought not the bugs)
Every time I try XBMC it dies or is missing features. I just downloaded it right now (v 10.1 for OSX). I like several of the Boxee Apps (ted, vimeo, escapist, ...) so I download the Ted app for XBMC. I run it. First thing I notice. It's not nearly has nice as the Boxee app. Simple list, no descriptions, no style. I click the first link, XBMC is now locked. It's been locked for 10 minutes now.
So, I'm sad to hear that boxee is going away. It's pretty clearly better than XBMC for my use cases at least.
Features I'm hoping for in whatever replaces Boxee no particular order
1) Shows Facebook new stream youtube videos (boxee does this on home screen)
Does XBMC have this built in or as an add on as slick as Boxee? Note: Picking some model script it NOT the solution
2) Has nice skinned apps to major sites (on boxee I use Ted, The Big Picture, Vimeo, The Escapist, Pandora and a few other apps)
are there good skinned apps in XBMC?
3) Has FULL Samba client support built in
Full = works with passwords XBMC has this. Not sure any of the other solutions do.
4) Has instant FF and REV
XBMC has this. Popcorn hour does not. Not sure about others but if I can't skip around in my media fast it's not a solution for me.
5) Has "post" to social media features throughout
I like being able to watch a video on youtube or vimeo in Boxee and click "Loved" and have that posted to Facebook.
6) Supports all the same formats or more
Both XBMC and Boxee support a lot of formats. Lots of other solutions I've tried support less. Of course supporting more would be good. I have to switch out of XBMC for certain types of files.
7) Can be controlled smoothly with an Apple 6 button remote
Boxee did this well. XBMC not so sure. Others? My Popcorn hour sucks here. Their remote has ton of buttons and its not responsive
8) Handles non English
Neither old XBMC nor Boxee were all that good here. Basically you had to configure them, copy in new fonts and other BS. Maybe current XBMC handles this?
9) Auto downloads subtitles
Boxee does this. I didn't see it in my 5 minute test of current XBMC (after I force closed it from the lock above)
I'm sure there's a lot more. Calls above that Boxee sucks, XBMC rules don't seem to fit with my experience though. XBMC is fine at playing already downloaded movies but I haven't had much luck with XBMC providing all the other features I loved in Boxee.
Is there something else that comes closer?