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KoldCast TV comes to Boxee

We’re delighted to announce that the Boxee community can now enjoy KoldCast TV.

In the world of original web-based programming, KoldCast TV has become one of web’s top destinations for great content. In fact, a list of KoldCast’s exclusive content partners were recently nominated for several Streamy Awards (the Emmy’s of the web). KoldCast themselves continue to push the limits of video-streaming technology as their programming is delivered in crystal clear HD (720p) so it looks great on a big screen and shows are available worldwide.

The KoldCast TV app for Boxee gives users access to any of the shows on the site including top-rated series like Blue Movies, Tyranny, Anyone But Me, and Sex Ed. If you’re already a KoldCast TV fan, you’ll easily be able to find your favorites using the “Shows” menu. Newbies can check out the “Featured” and “Newest” episodes to explore KoldCast’s content. Here’s a peek to the app’s homepage:

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Check out the app and let us know your favorite shows in the comments.

March 24, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Funny or Die comes to Boxee

What do Will Ferrell, Dana Carvey, Chevy Chase, Dan Akroyd, Darrell Hammond, Fred Armisen, Maya Rudolph, and Jim Carrey have in common? They’re all stars in a new short film on Funny or Die, and they’re all on Boxee!

Funny Or Die picks me up when I’m tired. It comforts me when I’m sad. It shelters me in a storm. It does all these things (aside from the shelter thing, I made that up although I could print out its pages to line the Boxee RV) with hilarious videos from professionals and amateurs alike. Whether it’s movies they’ve created exclusively for the site with stars like Will Ferrell, Rachel Bilson, and James Franco, stand up comedy from Zach Galifianakis, Demetri Martin, or Mitch Hedburg, or user generated content you’ll find something to make you laugh.

The Funny or Die App gives you an easy way to find exactly what you want on Boxee by filtering content by Featured, Most Viewed, Red Carpet Club (Celeb videos), and Search. Once you’ve watched a video, you’ll be able to rate the video Funny (yes it should continue to inspire LOLz in others) or Die (this, like 2 girls 1 cup, should never be seen again). As always if you find a video you like, you can select share to send it to other Boxee members and out to your Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr feeds. Here’s a look at what’s in store for you in the “Featured section”

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Install the app, because the H… is O.

March 3, 2010 at 11:57 am

Redux.com brings new vision for TV programming to Boxee

Today we add a huge new content discovery application to Boxee from the guys at Redux.com

As David McIntosh, the founder of Redux, will tell you, there’s 20 hours of video being uploaded to YouTube every minute. Within the heaping pile of user-generated content, probably lies a tiny nugget of golden, undigested, raw goodness. Do I want to dig through hours of video and photos to find it? No. That is the Internet’s job. This is where Redux comes in.

Redux lets people create channels of content around certain subjects like Internet memes, favorite shows, music, celebrities, and art… Once a channel is created, other users can submit content into it. A few popular channels from Redux: 110% Awesomeness, Best Music Videos Ever, Art, WTF?, Fail Moments, Top Gear videos. All submissions are timelined, and can be played back to back as a playlist. Users can also give props to their favorite content as well as comment on it, which bumps the item to the top of the timeline.

Redux.com

On the web, Redux.com has a full-screen “TV Mode” that endlessly plays crowd-sourced videos from a specific channel. Don’t like one video, hit the arrow key, and skip to the next. It’s great for killing some time and catching up on the latest memes - whether you’re in a specific channel, or just watching all items as they’re submitted in real-time.

They’ve brought TV mode to Boxee and created a great app. Anyone can run the app and start watching channels while Redux users can login to their accounts to get a more personalized experience. The controls are a bit different than you’re probably accustomed to as there’s no Boxee on screen display, and hitting ESC or back will actually switch between full screen and menu mode. To get out of the app you can select “Exit Redux”. Let us know what you think!

Redux App

Favorite use case so far: Getting all of the PSAs to play back to back from the GI Joe PSA’s channel. Porkchop Sandwiches anyone?

February 23, 2010 at 12:46 am

Boxee @ CES Wrap-Up

6 days, 4 awards, 2 booths, 1 suite, dozens of meetings, hundreds of interviews, thousands of demos, multiple all-nighters… The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas was a mixture of excitement, adrenaline, exhaustion, and a lot of hard work. Quotes like this one from the BBC’s Rory Cellan-Jones about the Boxee Box by D-Link make it all worth it though, finally we had a device that could do what few in the tech industry have managed - make Apple’s rival product look distinctively second best.”

First and foremost. a big thank you to all of our users who have carried us this far, especially those who have been vocal about what they love about Boxee and what we could do better. We continue to rely on your feedback to improve Boxee and bring connected devices into the living room that are driven by your needs.

Secondly, it’s been great working with D-Link and Nvidia on our first hardware device, the Boxee Box. Now that it’s been announced, we can’t wait to bring it to market in the 2nd quarter of this year. Meanwhile our BD team is hard at work ensuring Boxee will arrive on TVs, game consoles, and other living room devices soon.

As a quick recap, here’s some of the awards and articles we garnered over the course of the show…

Awards:

LAPTOP’s Best of CES 2010: Best Home Entertainment - Boxee Box by D-Link
Winner Last Gadget Standing
Best of CES: Popular Science Products of the Future
CEA Best of Innovations: Home Theater Accessories

G4 Best of the Best at CES
Dave Graveline’s Top 10 @ CES
CNet Best in Show Finalist: Home Theater

Articles:

BBC - dot.Rory: CES 2010: Last Gadget Standing
CNN - Boxee Box crowned ‘Last Gadget Standing’ at CES
NBC Washington - Boxee Box Just Made Couch Potatoes’ Lives Even Easier
Wired.com Gadget Lab - Hands-On With the Boxee Set-Top Box and Remote
Engadget - Hands-on with the Boxee Box
Scobleizer: Part I — Hot Startups to Watch in 2010

TechCrunch - Boxee Beta Now Available To The Masses

Lifehacker - First Look at the Boxee Beta - Boxee beta
Gizmodo - Beta Now Available for Public Download, Box Has Tegra 2 Chip

Mashable - Boxee Beta Goes Public and Boxee Box Specs Revealed

Ubergizmo’s Best of CES
…more from Google

Videos:

Here I am presenting Boxee at Last Gadget Standing. The intro video was streamed from Adult Swim’s site for Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job (a recommendation if you ever enjoyed Mr. Show with Bob & David).

And here’s Avner running through a demo of Boxee’s Beta software at the D-Link booth.

Photos:

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We had a pretty busy booth… lots of people came over to get demos and hear more about Boxee and the Boxee Box by D-Link.

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(to see 3 photos from the show and 36 other photos of us partying… go here)

We couldn’t have asked for a better start to 2010. Thanks for all the support and we look forward to bringing you much more in the months to come!

*Special thanks to Boxee users @BobSuicide, @JaylinSuicide, and @iMelody who worked our booth with an air of professionalism, intelligence, and passion we could not have paid for.

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January 13, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Boxee Box remote comes standard with QWERTY keyboard

It’s the first press event at CES and time to tease you before our big announcement on the 7th so here’s a sneak peek of something about the Boxee Box that we didn’t show off at the Boxee Beta Event in December.

The Boxee Box Remote - It’s got a QWERTY keyboard! When we started designing the Boxee Box remote we wanted something simple like the 6-button Apple Remote. As we began adding features to the Beta it became obvious that for people to really get the most out of the box it was going to need to do more than just point and click. Rather than subject anyone to another on-screen keyboard we decided the Boxee Box should benefit from a full QWERTY keyboard like you might have on a mobile phone. So here it is - the first drawing shows Astro’s original idea for the piece while the flat image below gives you a better idea of the near-final layout on the keyboard.

Boxee Box Remote Mock-Up

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Stay tuned to the blog for posts later in the week detailing more hardware details about the Boxee Box by D-Link, more content partners, and another trick or two up our sleeve. If you’re at the show, make sure to meet us on the show floor or at any of the other press events at the show.

-Andrew

January 5, 2010 at 7:25 pm

We’re getting ready for CES + Last Gadget Standing

It’s 8 days until the beginning of events at Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Do you know where your Boxee experience will be?

On the show floor(South Hall #36232) - We’ll have a great demo of the Beta & the Boxee Box at the D-Link booth.

In a Suite (@ the Wynn) - If you’d like to set up a private meeting with Boxee please send an email to bizdev@boxee.tv

At Planet Hollywood with Next New Networks (9-12pm, Jan 6th, @ Planet Hollywood) - Enjoy a few drinks, party with Obama Girl, and see the Boxee Box in action. RSVP to rsvpvegas@nextnewnetworks.com.

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Press Events
- In an effort to really get our money’s worth out of our press guy (me), we’ll be attending every major press event at CES this year. Whether it’s CES Unveiled (Jan 5th), The Digital Experience with Pepcom (Jan 6th), Lunch at Piero’s 1 (7th), Showstoppers (7th), or Lunch at Piero’s 2 (8th) I will be there with my requisite 13 items of flare and a Boxee Box. Come by and I’ll tell you all about what we’re releasing at the show and our plans for the future. Massages and stiff drinks are welcome.

If you’ve never been to CES before, our friend Jeremy Toeman does a good wrap-up of how to prep for the show for booth staff, but it also works for attendees.

Awards

Now that we have a gadget with Boxee on it we’re elegible for even more awards this year. Some are editor’s choices like the CNet Best in Show and G4’s Best of the Best while others require audience participation like Last Gadget Standing (LGS). Last year LGS organizer Robin Raskin shot down my application for Boxee because “we weren’t a gadget.” Pshaw! “We’ll be back next year,” I told her.

Well Robin, it’s 2010 and we’re ready. The Boxee Box has already advanced to the final round and we need your help ensuring its triumph.
Check out the competitors and send your votes Boxee’s way!

If you can’t make it out to CES, don’t worry, we’ll be sharing all the latest and greatest right here on the blog so stay tuned!

- Andrew

December 29, 2009 at 9:00 am

Boxee for the Holidays

While Monday’s Boxee Beta Unveiling has many excited about the upcoming Boxee Box (it’s quickly becoming gdgt’s most wanted media streamer), we know there are still many hoping to get Boxee to their TV for the holidays, and don’t mind using a mini-PC to do so. With nettops and netbooks on sale for the season we wanted to give you a few low cost computers that will run the Boxee Beta well.

We’ve mentioned the major improvements to the Boxee Beta’s back-end to help Windows machines with a dedicated graphics processing unit (GPU) run better looking video with less effort (thanks to the Direct X Video Acceleration & Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 support we’re developing). We’ve done a lot of work with NVIDIA to optimize Boxee for their ION platform which has a dedicated graphics chip to turn up the visuals on compact, low-power PCs with performance up to 10X faster than similar systems.

Here are a few of our favorites:

Acer Revo HP Mini 311

Zotac ION

Acer Revo HP Mini 311 Zotac ION

Keep in mind we’re talking about improvements in the Beta so the software won’t be available publicly until the beginning of next year (although you can sign up for the Beta Pre-Release list here), but if you’re taking advantage of holiday deals we want to ensure you’re picking up something that will benefit from the work we’ve done. While we’re talking gifts, here are a few others we like…

Give Netflix

If that special someone already has Boxee, you might think about expanding what they can watch by giving them a gift subscription to Netflix for access to thousands of Movies and TV Shows they can play straight from Boxee.

Give Anime from Crunchyroll

If there is an Anime / Asian entertainment fan on your gift list, save the money you were going to spend on that ultimate anime DVD package and instead get them an account at Crunchyroll.com - the largest source of Asian entertainment in the U.S. They’re running a promo now - pay with PayPal and get $20 back, which means a 3 month subscription actually earns you a nickel(ends today so hurry!).

**Update - Crunchyroll promotion extended through Monday.

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Happy Holidays from all of us at Boxee!

-Andrew

December 11, 2009 at 3:38 pm

Step 1: Make a Boxee Box (no need to cut a hole)

First and foremost thanks to everyone who came out to the Music Hall of Williamsburg Monday night - it was a great event and was fun to see so many users, partners, and press in person. We posted the details of the Beta Monday night, and if you haven’t done so yet, register on our pre-release list to get an invite to the Beta over the coming weeks.

So there’s been a lot of talk about the Boxee Box over the past 36 hours and we wanted to give you the “official” version.

The Boxee Box Front

It was designed by Astro Studios, the team who crafted designs for the Xbox 360, watches from Nike, Alienware PCs. It’s being built by D-Link, the leading networking company for homes & small businesses. Working with D-Link means that we’ll be able to design, build, and release a Boxee Box at a low cost to a ton of etail and retail outlets.

As the title indicates, this is step 1. Soon, every device in your living room will connect to the Internet, and we hope Boxee will be the software that runs on them. For now though, the Boxee Box is the easiest way to get Boxee onto that huge HDTV in your living room. Here’s how you can make that connection happen…

Boxee Back

  • HDMI - one inexpensive HDMI cable to connect The Boxee Box to your TV
  • SPDIF - hi-definition digital audio that will pass through Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound and DTS to your A/V Receiver
  • Stereo Audio (RCA) - red & white cables from the 80’s, 90’s and today
  • 2 x USB ports - add devices like external hard drives and more
  • Wireless 802.11n & Wired Ethernet - Cords if you got ‘em, wireless if you don’t
  • RF Remote Control - control playback from anywhere

And although the above pictures look really classy, they don’t give you an idea of the size of the box. Here’s a preliminary image to give you an idea of scale.

Boxee Badunkadunk + Coke Can

Rest assured the Boxee Box will fit into your entertainment center. If the look doesn’t quite fit with your decor, not to worry. The RF remote means you can place the box out of sight and still control it. Of course, the Boxee Box prefers being on top : )

We’ll reveal more about the Boxee Box by D-Link at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, but if you’d like to see a little more, check out the new page for the Box on our completely re-designed website.

- Andrew

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December 9, 2009 at 9:00 am

Boxee Beta Unveiling Presenter #3 - Tom Kurz from The Escapist

As our Beta simmers over an open flame in Tel Aviv, getting ready for it’s debut next Monday in Brooklyn (we’re sold out!), we’re giving you another reason to get excited.

The Escapist.

The home of Zero Punctuation, Unskippable, Rebecca Mayes Muse, Apocalypse Lane, Doomsday Arcade and more is coming to Boxee.

If you’re not familiar with The Escapist, let me break it down for you. If you like video games and you like funny, then Escapist is for you. It has hilarious video game reviews from Zero Punctuation (think a British version of the micro-machines guy with a chip on his shoulder and a sharp wit) along with movie reviews that educate you, make you laugh, and make you realize you probably want Movie Bob on your pub trivia team. There’s a video game twist on MST3K in Unskippable, video game ballads in Rebecca Mayes Muses that left me wanting to download the music, and Apocalypse Lane, a cartoon highlighting the warped characters left behind after WWIII.

If you’re a gamer, the Escapist is your artist colony - a place where people put all their creative talents together to explore and expand the games we play (anyone else addicted to COD:MW2?) with entertainment. Honored with both a Webby Award and People’s Voice Award in 2008, The Escapist is responsible for the web’s most viewed video game review series, Zero Punctuation, in addition to introducing the first-of-its-kind Internet Film Festival for Gamers and the March Mayhem game developer competition.

We’re excited to have The Escapist’s co-founder Tom Kurz on hand at the Boxee Beta Unveiling to show off their brand new Boxee app. Here’s a sample of what you can look forward to.

December 4, 2009 at 2:52 pm

Boxee Beta Unveiling Presenter #2 - Jim Lanzone from Clicker.com

For those who have never heard of Clicker.com, get ready to say to yourself, “I thought of that”… Well you might have thought it, but Clicker CEO Jim Lanzone and a team of 50 spent a year to actually make it happen; they built a new type of guide for The Web that lets you search any show, any movie, any keyword, any category. Basically, it’s a hot steamy batch of awesome for entertainment lovers.

Clicker is one part directory, one part search engine, one part wiki, one part entertainment guide, and one part DVR. At the heart of it all is a massive database that looks like this:
450,000 episodes,
from over 7,000 shows,
from over 1,200 networks,
tens of thousands of movies,
and 50,000 music videos from 20,000 artists.

Oh, and one killer Boxee App!

Clicker On Boxe

As of today, Clicker is available on Boxee from the App Box, and we’re so excited about the app, we’ve invited CEO Jim Lanzone to do a full demo for us at the Boxee Beta event.

December 3, 2009 at 12:01 pm