I installed Boxee on my Macbook the other week, and so far, it’s awesome. I think this was the thing I’ve been looking for for a long time. I’ve floated the idea of buying a Roku box to stream Netflix movies, but something felt left out. Boxee adds a extremely easy to use interface that allows me not only to access Watch Instantly on Netflix, but also Hulu, CBS, MTV, CNN, Revision3, Joost, etc…It also adds last.fm support so instead of just playing my iTunes library, I can start a station off of one of my existing songs – complete with lyrics and visulization.
I don’t think this will ever replace live TV for me since I watch a lot of sports, but it certainly does enhance my living room experience. I can’t really say enough, but Boxee is awesome. I’ve briefly tried XBMC, but that doesn’t even come close to the features that Boxee has right “out of the box”. Boxee works on all platforms (Mac, Linux, Windows), and while it’s only in Alpha, it’s very stable and full featured. Oh yeah…and it’s free.