Netflix pwns Boxee Box play/pause button

Published Dec 7, 2011 — 2298 views

Netflix has just consumed the Boxee Box remote control’s play/pause button. The only thing the bright red Netflix button will do now is launch the Netflix app, no matter what the box had been doing.

Images of the redesigned remote control with the dedicated Netflix-launch button have recently surfaced both on Boxee’s website…

The Boxee Box remote, as shown on Boxee’s website

…and on the D-Link Boxee Box’s retail packaging:

Latest D-Link Boxee Box retail packaging

Interestingly, D-Link promotes the Boxee Box’s new “Netflix one click remote” feature in the upper-right corner of the front of its packaging, as seen here:

Netflix “one click remote” feature promoted on packaging

In a thread on Boxee’s discussion forum, Boxee Box users have complained about the loss of the play/pause button feature. Among other issues, “if you click it while watching a show, it immediately shuts the show down and launches the Netflix app,” notes one user whose new Boxee Box included the redesigned remote control.

Actually, the remote control’s original play/pause button feature has never worked in the Boxee Netflix app, leading Boxee to list Netflix play/pause instructions in an FAQ on the Boxee user forum.

Currently, a configuration option in the Boxee Box firmware determines whether the remote control’s upper button can be used for play/pause functions by apps supporting the capability. Will that configuration option be eliminated by an upcoming firmware update? We’ve put the question to Boxee, and await their reply…

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4 responses to “Netflix pwns Boxee Box play/pause button”

  1. JT says:

    where is it currently possible to disable the netflix button to return the play pause button?

    I do not use nor will i ever use netflix enough to want a dedicated button, that if hit by mistake launches it automatically.

  2. JT says:

    looks like you can still order the PC remotes online for about 40 bucks….its sad to have to pay this price to get rid of a button not many people will use.

  3. DeviceGuru says:

    There will probably be a config option in the v1.5 boxee settings.

  4. Gabe says:

    I actually want that netflix remote and would gladly swap someone, I bought mine on release.