What is Boxee ?

Boxee is a front-end program used to play video and audio streams from such sources as BBC iPlayer, The Comedy Channel and MTV. It supports HDTV and can be used as an alternative to Miro.


Boxee runs on both 32 and 64 bit Ubuntu and is available for Hardy Heron (8.04), Intrepid Ibex (8.10), Jaunty Jackalope (9.04) and Lucid Lynx (10.04). Please note that the software is still in development.


Go to the Boxee homepage at http://www.boxee.tv/ and select 'Join up'. Add the repository by going to System - Administration - Software Sources, click on the 'Third Party Software' ('Other Software' in Lucid) tab. Now click on 'Add' and enter

  • for Hardy: deb http://apt.boxee.tv hardy main

  • for Intrepid: deb http://apt.boxee.tv intrepid main

  • for Jaunty: deb http://apt.boxee.tv jaunty main

  • for Lucid: deb http://apt.boxee.tv lucid main

Click on 'Close' and press 'Reload' when prompted. Now in Applications - Accessories - Terminal update the apt cache with

sudo apt-get update

Install the program with

sudo apt-get install boxee

You may get a warning message:

WARNING: The following packages cannot be authenticated!
Install these packages without verification [y/N]?

Enter 'y' to install boxee. Once complete you now need to reboot the PC and a menu shortcut will be generated (Applications - Sound and Video - Boxee).


Boxee is free for private and personal use.


Boxee (last edited 2011-04-08 14:59:50 by D9784B24)