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Boxee goes Bollywood

We’ve all enjoyed Indian clips and music videos over the past few years, but when was the last time you watched a “Bollywood” movie that wasn’t directed by Danny Boyle? If you love the music, romance, drama, comedy or dancing inside of India’s huge film industry, check out Databazaar Media on Boxee.

Databazaar Media provides unlimited streaming of Movies, TV Shows and Music Videos in over six Indian languages such as Hindi, Bengali, English, Tamil, Marathi etc. for a flat monthly rate of $7.99. Not sure about subscribing? You can easily browse movies on the Databazaar website, and sign up for a one week trial absolutely free. Once you’ve signed in, run the Databazaar App on Boxee to bring the best Indian films to your TV whenever you want it.

Services like Databazaar continue to highlight the benefits of streaming entertainment - namely that filmmakers from the other side of the globe are able to deliver their movies to huge new markets quickly and easily. We’re happy to be working with Databazaar to support Indian filmmakers, and very excited to share all their great content with our users.

June 2, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Boxee Box Grows Into a Size 1.1

**UPDATE** MAY 18 - Boxee version 1.1.1.19092 is now available and rolling out starting today (May 18) through the weekend. This version contains volume control as a setting, and fixes to the way we were processing sound.

So it might only be a few decimal points difference from the current 1.0.4 release, but this version of the Boxee Box by D-Link has quite a few new things under the hood. We’ll be rolling this version out over the next few days to all Boxee Boxes, but if you can’t wait you can find instructions on manually updating your Boxee Box on our forums.

Here’s what we’ve got for you in our fifth update to the Boxee Box:

1) Browser Upgrades

Favorites (Bookmarks) & History - Now you can easily get back to pages you’ve just viewed or ones you visit most often.

Browser with Top Bar

Browser - Favorites

Browser - History

New On Screen Display (no auto-full screen*) - We’ve cleaned up the web playback OSD to let you see more of what’s going on in the background and to include access to a few more options down below.

Full Metal Jacket - Boxee Web Playback OSD

HTML 5 To The Max - We’ve improved our support for HTML 5 so you’ll now be able to access more content, like HBOGO.

HBO Go

2) Movie Trailers - What better way to keep up with the latest movie releases than by watching movie trailers on your TV until your heart’s content.

Movie Trailers

3) On Screen Display Loses Some Weight - We’ve revamped the OSD and included an awesome new seek bar for precise rewinding/fast forwarding, slimmed down the button count, and made it easier to see what’s going on behind the scenes. We’ve also removed the volume control for a more consistent experience.*

OSD v1.1

4) Customized Artwork / Info for Media Files - Why let Boxee pick movie art and descriptions when you can have your own? Import video into Boxee and add your own artwork and metadata to accompany it with NFO files. Works like a charm on home movies.

5) Local File Playback - We now have support HFS formatted drives, seek functionality inside music playback, and you can filter local files by source.

6) Share Where You Want - now you can specify whether you want to share that ColdSteel video to Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr with a helpful character counter built-in.

Share Pop-Up

7) MLB.TV Upgrades - This new version has enabled a lot of updates to the MLB.TV app so now you’ll be able to watch live and archived games, jump to specific innings or game events, see pop-up details on every pitch, and have a much easier time rewinding and fast-forwarding in games.

8) More Languages - The Boxee Box is on sale in 34 countries. While “Boxee” translates well into all of them, the rest of the words on screen are a bit off. Now users can enjoy Boxee in German, French, Italian, Spanish, Swedish, Hebrew, Danish, Dutch, Turkish, Russian, Arabic, Portugese (Brazil), Czech, Norwegian, Finnish, Polish.

Language Support

9) New Content - we threw in some extra content just for good measure.

Wealth TV Logo

A team of acclaimed producers create fresh programs on private jets and exotic first-class travel as well as intellectual discussion on money and philanthropy, all in HD.

SnagFilms Logo

Committed to finding the world‘s most compelling documentaries, whether from established heavyweights or first-time filmmakers to make them available to the wide audience these titles deserve. SnagFilms serves up full-length documentary films for free.

Conclusion

We hope you like all the changes (full release notes here), and we always love to hear your feedback on Facebook, Twitter, and on our forums.

You may have noticed the * next to the volume and auto full-screen features above. We’ve spent a lot of time discussing internally and have decided to create a more consistent experience by removing features that work inconsistently. While it might not instantly be apparent, over the next few versions we will streamline the interface so that everything works the same, no matter whether you’re in an HTML 5 app, a normal web page, playing a movie file, or watching video from inside an application.

**UPDATE - We have heard from enough passionate users about the volume control functionality that we will be bringing it back via settings in the next update. We will continue to search for an elegant solution that works across content sources as well.

**2ND UPDATE - If your sound isn’t being processed properly in the new version - we have fixed the issue and it will be part of a new version rolling out to users this week (that also includes the volume control update above).

May 11, 2011 at 8:59 am

One Step Closer to Boxee Payments with Vindicia

A few months ago we told you we wanted to give you more access to premium content on Boxee (in addition to what’s currently free), and we wanted to give content owners new ways to offer and price content. Today we’re excited to announce we’ve taken a big step forward choosing Vindicia as our payments platform provider.

Vindicia’s CashBox solution will enable Boxee content partners to offer premium content through a wide variety of payment methods and plans, from individual pay-per-view charges to premium subscription models. Vindicia’s flexibility will enable Boxee content partners to price and package their content as they wish, whether it is premium content, content from their existing library, or extras that will never made it “on air.” Users will be able to purchase this content via credit card, gift card, or PayPal.

The unique solution, which handles currency exchanges, VAT, and GST automatically, will be available to content providers worldwide. Vindicia already powers great experiences for online gaming (Blizzard), online stores (deviantArt.com), and subscription software (Symantec) and we’re excited to be working with them to build an awesome experience on Boxee.

Lastly, while Boxee plans to make the payment platform available to content partners for Boxee’s unique TV experience, Vindicia’s flexibility also makes it possible for us to enable payments on our website and across mobile platforms like the iPhone, Android and iPad. Boxee’s eventual expansion to these platforms will pave the way for universally accessible content no matter where a user is (we love this idea!).

We will release the Boxee payment platform by the end of the summer.

May 11, 2010 at 9:00 am

first ever! exclusive! video of team xbmc

we shot the video in Amsterdam during the XBMC DEV CON. it was the first time that team-xbmc came together and met in person to discuss past, present and future. and party.

our camera man, dave, got a bit too much of Amsterdam in him… so some of the video is a bit choppy, but it is still the first ever, never-before-seen, excluisve, on-camera interviews with the people behind xbmc.

enjoy!

August 8, 2008 at 11:56 am