Boxee Delivers an Open, Social TV Experience


Ever since YouTube opened a gaping maw for online video content in 2005, I’ve been attracted to the medium and its potential for new forms of narrative. Little did I know at the time that those new forms of narrative would consist mostly of befuddled kitten videos and increasingly brutal fail blogs. Still, I had my suspicions that a fully democratic web video platform would lead to all sorts of new experiments to get new types of videos, independent or produced, from independent creators to viewers. One of the experimental avenues for web video is the Boxee – a device that streams from nearly any web video source to your TV. I take a look at the device and its social features below.

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Boxee on Addition of Hulu Plus, Netflix; Yahoo! Connected TV on Its Interactive-TV Software

Beet.TV took root at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show, speaking with Boxee CEO Avner Ronen about the platform’s announcement that it will incorporate Hulu Plus and Netflix, as well as with Yahoo! vice president, Connected TV Group Ronald Jacoby for an overview of the interactive-TV software.

The interview with Ronen appears below, and the talk with Jacoby can be found after the jump.

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Revision3 Tries to Become a TV Star

Revision3 is taking a shot at television, making its online video content available via platforms including Google TV, Yahoo! Connected TV, Windows Media Center, AppleTV, Boxee, and Roku, either by using those various platforms’ applications or by browsing to a TV-optimized Web site.

Shows such as Tekzilla, AppJudgment, Dan 3.0, Diggnation, Destructoid, and Film Riot are searchable via name, category, featured content, and most recent episodes, and viewers can manually search for episodes or view new content.

CEO Jim Louderback said:

We are thrilled to be able to provide users with the ability to view their favorite Revision3 shows on the best screen in the house. As online video continues to take viewing time away from traditional TV, we want to make sure that our programs look great anywhere they’re viewed, and across every screen — from the smallest one on a phone to the biggest one at home.

Boxee TV Takes A Bite Out Of Apple TV

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Apple TV begins shipping today and Apple fans everywhere want to see if it will live up to what is promises. The TV home theatre device marks the entrance into a new niche for Apple and it faces fierce competition from other home entertainment devices, most notably the Boxee Box that is due to be released in November. As CEO of Boxee, Avner Ronen, has described “The Boxee Box is going to be $100 more expensive than the Apple TV, but will give you the freedom to watch what you want.” What does he mean by this? For starters, Boxee Box offers an abundant choice of free content, many unique functionalities and provides a ‘social’ approach to its media center. Read more

Weekly Blog Highlights: Hulu and Boxee Part Ways

First the hard facts. Boxee is a powerful software package that converts computers, Apple TVs and other popular products into media centers. It has been making it possible for users to watch Hulu video content on their TV since October last year. And Boxee users have loved this feature and was even gearing up to improved it some more. But that inevitable happened. Hulu asked Boxee to stop making its content on Boxee TV. This according to Hulu was requested by their content partners.

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Will Boxee's Social Stance Make it Stick?

Boxee, the media center solution that aggregates your content as well as content from across various web and other media services, has raised $4 million in its first round of financing, led by Spark Capital and Union Square Ventures. While the concept of Boxee isn’t entirely new, the fresh stance of near-total media aggregation coupled with multiple social networking interfaces makes Boxee an enticing new product in this growing marketplace.
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