Boxee announces public beta, launch

Boxee’s CEO, Avner Ronen, sent an email to users today announcing the Boxee Beta unveiling event Dec. 7 Music Hall of Williamsbur in New York. The event will also be viewable at online at blog.boxee.tv.

The event will mark the beginning of a 4-week early access program, prior to it becoming publicly available Jan. 7 at CES.

The beta release will have a redesigned look and is reported to have incorporated many of the requested and feedback. New features include:

– Improved navigation across the platform to quickly and easily access entertainment.
– Search for TV Shows and Movies on the Internet and on local hard drives/networks.
– Queuing functionality to let you save things for later from the web.
– Shortcuts for your favorite apps, movies, shows, etc.

Users can sign up for early access at http://bit.ly/boxeebetaea.