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Mac + Boxee = Gorgeous!

Any of you Mac users check out Boxee yet? I've been reading a lot about Boxee but hadn't got a chance to really check it out until tonight. All I can say is WOW! I just redid my Macbook so I don't have any pictures or music and just a couple of episodes of Top Gear saved but what Boxee does with displaying those two episodes is pretty amazing. It displayed those two episodes and showed them as the seasons there were from. I click on the season and it shows the episode with a small description.

I'll have to take a screen shot of it later to describe what I'm taking about but I'd highly recommend for any Mac (or Linux) users. I've also configured it to link up to my Netflix account and that is amazing to. All of the movies show up visually and you can scroll through and click on a movie to watch, much better than what Netflix has on there website. Also supports many other online internet content like CBS, Hulu, etc.




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I got my invite a while back, but haven't checked it out yet. Gotta do that

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I got my invite a while back, but haven't checked it out yet. Gotta do that
Let me know what you think. I stayed up a little late last night playing around with it and still pretty amazed. I wish I had a Mac Mini that I could hook up to a TV to view this content with. I also need to see if it'll work of of the Mac remote.




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I've gotten as far as downloading it Too much shit going on this week(end).

Eventually I want to get a Mini to replace my decrepit old HTPC. The PS3 works for most everything I want from an HTPC, but no Hulu or Netflix streaming keeps the old box around for a while longer. Well, that and bittorrent

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Holy hell, Boxee is awesome! I know it's a fork of XBMC, as it Plex, but it definitely works a helluva lot better. Love the Hulu, YouTube, and Netflix integration!

That settles it, I need a MacMini to replace my aging htpc. For now, I'll be plugging the MacBook up to the TV as needed

The one problem I noticed though, I had to turn off the "Always On" check box for the Apple Remote integration. I like that you can use that to pull up Boxee instead of Front Row if you want... but I was groggy and freaking out when I couldn't use the remote to control my alarm the next morning. I almost deleted Boxee right then It'd be perfect if while Boxee isn't running, it relinquishes control of the remote, then that option can be left on. But for now (and it is just a beta, after all), I can live with manually launching Boxee when I plug the laptop to the tv.

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Holy hell, Boxee is awesome! I know it's a fork of XBMC, as it Plex, but it definitely works a helluva lot better. Love the Hulu, YouTube, and Netflix integration!

That settles it, I need a MacMini to replace my aging htpc. For now, I'll be plugging the MacBook up to the TV as needed

The one problem I noticed though, I had to turn off the "Always On" check box for the Apple Remote integration. I like that you can use that to pull up Boxee instead of Front Row if you want... but I was groggy and freaking out when I couldn't use the remote to control my alarm the next morning. I almost deleted Boxee right then It'd be perfect if while Boxee isn't running, it relinquishes control of the remote, then that option can be left on. But for now (and it is just a beta, after all), I can live with manually launching Boxee when I plug the laptop to the tv.

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I knew you would like it Jay LOL! And now Boxee has added ABC so I can now catch up on Lost

http://blog.boxee.tv/2009/01/19/boxee-gets-lost/




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I knew you would like it Jay LOL! And now Boxee has added ABC so I can now catch up on Lost

http://blog.boxee.tv/2009/01/19/boxee-gets-lost/
Just updated, and that's awesome Says ABC's down temporarily though... dunno if that's on ABC's end, or Boxee's.

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Well this sucks. Hulu has now been removed from Boxee Not that I used it that much but it was nice to look up some things I hadn't watch or don't normally watch.

Just one of the many articles I've been reading this week on it.

http://techblog.dallasnews.com/archi...pulling-h.html

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If that headline sounded like gibberish to you, here's the recap:

Boxee is a free software program for Mac, Linux and Windows computers that lets you easily watch a variety of Web-based video sources on your HDTV (as well as other kinds of content, but let's focus on video).

You just download the Boxee software onto your computer, plug your computer into your television to use it as a monitor, and away you go. Rather than having to use your browser to clumsily navigate to dozens of different Web sites, Boxee bundles all those "channels" into a single, easy to use interface.

Our very own Jim Rossman, for example, really likes Boxee.

One of the most popular video sources on Boxee is (or, rather, was) Hulu, one of the best free and legal sites on the Web for watching high-quality TV shows and movies.

However, the movie and television studios that essentially run Hulu recently told Hulu's managers that they are no longer allowed to broadcast their content via Boxee.

So Hulu still exists as a standalone service on Hulu.com. It's just no longer available through the unified and simplified Boxee interface.

On the surface, that doesn't seem like a huge loss. If you already have a PC connected to your TV for Boxee, all you have to do to watch Hulu content is exit Boxee, fire up your Web browser and navigate to Hulu.com.

But many critics are upset that the studios are seemingly stomping on one of the most convenient video tools to come around in a long time. And many fear that the move to pull Hulu from Boxee is a sign that Hollywood still doesn't understand how the Web is going to permanently change the way people watch television and movies.

Perhaps.

But I also think the studios (if they have even half a brain) have another plan in the works. I think they want to formally license (i.e. get paid for) Hulu apps the way Netflix has been licensing apps for its streaming content.

For example, the Netflix app on the Xbox 360, Blu-ray players and other Internet-connected devices has been a huge, screaming success. Think the Hulu bean counters haven't noticed that?

I suspect we're no more than a few months away -- tops -- from Hulu apps on just about every Internet device under the sun.

That may well mean the death of Boxee, which would be unfortunate, given the enthusiasm of the company and the quality of the software.

But being first -- or even best -- doesn't always guarantee success. Just ask TiVo.



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Hulu is back, they're doing it through RSS feeds now.

They've also added an App Store, and are working on a customized Mozilla based browser to integrate (for now, to ensure Hulu support stays around, but in the future could also be used to install the ABC.com player extension, and any other video websites that aren't immediately compatible with Boxee).

I got my MacBook hooked up to my TV last night (HDMI adapter finally arrived) and played around with Boxee and my apple remote. It's too awesome!

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