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Boxee media center to hit beta next month

Media center application Boxee has grabbed a lot of headlines over the past year or two, and for good reason: Boxee provides Mac, Linux, and Windows users with an excellent solution for watching internet video on a TV. While web browsers were generally designed for viewing text and images with video thrown in as an afterthought, Boxee was designed to look and feel more like a consumer electronics...

Boxee media center now available for Windows, adds live MLB games

After months of private Alpha testing, the Boxee team has finally released a public alpha of the Boxee media center application for Windows. That means you can now run Boxee on Mac, Windows or Ubuntu Linux. The public alpha for Windows does seem to be a bit more stable and responsive than the earlier private alpha version. Boxee provides you with a full screen browser designed for managing and...

Boxee Alpha media center for Windows to go public on June 23

Boxee has been getting a lot of attention for its media center application that lets you manage and watch web video and movies stored on your desktop. But right now, the program is only publicly available for Mac and Ubuntu. There's been a Windows version in private alpha testing for a few months, but the key word there is private. No invite code, no access. But that'll change soon. Boxee...

Open source media center Elisa becomes Moovida

Moovida is a cross-platform, open source media center application that runs on Windows, and Linux. A Mac version is in the works. Up until recently the project as known as Elisa, but the team behind the application have given it a new name and a new look. Some of the new features in Moovida include auto-completion of your media library using the Yes.fm plugin, and the ability to show fan art...

Boxee launches App Box addons, plus Hulu workaround

A few weeks ago media center Boxee was forced to remove content from Hulu, and the request of some of the TV and film studios that produce the bulk of the content available on Hulu. Now Boxee is offering a new build that has a workaround that seems to be within Hulu's terms of service, and which may therefore be salvageable. Maybe. Here's how it works. Boxee has launched a new build of its media...

Open source Elisa Media Center goes cross-platform

Elisa is an open source media center application that looks and behaves an awful lot like Apple's Front Row software. The program was initially developed for Linux, but in January the Elisa team released the first version of the application that can also run on Windows. The media center suite includes a full screen interface for interacting with your music, movie, and picture collections. Elisa...

First look at Boxee Alpha media center for Windows

Boxee is a media center application for Mac, Ubuntu Linux, and Windows that's based on the open source XBMC project. The Mac and Ubuntu versions of the media suite have been available to private alpha testers for a while now, and over 200,000 people have signed up so far. Last week the Boxee team removed the private label and opened the alpha up to all Mac, Ubuntu and AppleTV users who want to...

Media Portal home theater PC app for Windows hits 1.0

Open Source media center application Media Portal has been under development for 5 years. And this week the developers decided the product was stable enough to remove the beta label and launch Media Portal 1.0. The application was initially based on the popular XBMC application designed to turn Xbox gaming consoles into media playback workhorses. But Media Portal quickly outgrew its beginnings...

Zviewer beta 2 turns Firefox into a web-based media center

Over the weekend the folks at ZeeVee released a new beta of Zviewer, a PC-based browser for finding and watching web video. ZeeVee makes a set top box that's designed to provide a similar service for $499. But the desktop software is free while in beta. I first took the Zviewer software for a spin a few months ago. While the software showed promise, there were a few drawbacks. First there was...

Boxee media center adds Hulu support

Almost a year ago, I suggested that if Microsoft would add support for Hulu to Windows Media Center, it would launch a whole new way for people to watch TV. Web video today is designed for people to watch while sitting hunched over a laptop. But Microsoft and other companies have been putting out media center applications for years that are designed to let you enjoy the media on your computer...

Boxee: Media center suite with a social twist

There are plenty of media center suites designed to let you access photos, videos, and music stored on your PC or the web using a TV screen and remote control. But Boxee, which launches in private alpha on Monday is a bit different from Windows Media Center, MythTV, or other media center suites. That's because Boxee doesn't just let you access your media, it lets you share media and...

Boot Xbox Media Center on (almost ) any PC from a USB flash disk

XBMC is a media center suite that was originally designed for the original Xbox. But over the last few years XBMC has taken on a life of its own and has been ported to run on OS X and Linux. And if you don't happen to have a PC running either operating system or an Xbox lying around, now you can check XBMC out by creating a bootable flash disk version of the media center. Theoretically, you...

Yougle brings YouTube, Flickr to Vista Media Center

Microsoft may have added "Internet TV" to Vista Media Center last year, but all you get right now are selected clips from MSN Video. If you want to watch YouTube, MSN Soapbox, and DailyMotion videos on your Windows Media Center system, you might want to check out Yougle, a third party plugin for Vista Media Center. Yougle lets you search the sites we mentioned, plus Flickr, Yahoo! Music, and...

Entertainer: Upcoming media center app for Linux

Developer Lauri Taimila is working on an intriguing new Linux media center application called Entertainer that right now looks a lot like Apple's Front row but could eventually take on MythTV and Windows Media Center. Right now there are two major limitations to Entertainer: It does not support recording television programs It's not actually available for download yet. The second problem...

Ubuntu-based media center Mythbuntu 7.10 released

You probably know by now that Ubuntu comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes. There's the stripped down Xubuntu for slower-performing systems, Edubuntu for kids and teachers, and Kubuntu with the more Windows-like interface. But there are also community supported projects like Ubuntu Studio and Mythbuntu. These projects aren't sponsored by Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu. But they build on...