boxee releases new alpha version, adds Netflix

December 5, 2008 | 09:12

Companies: #boxee

Boxee Netflix blog post: blog.boxee.tv/2008/12/04/boxee/

While most people were chowing down on turkey and stuffing last week, the boxee team was hard at work creating the next release of their Alpha. After surveying users last month, it was clear Netflix was their #1 demand so we got right to work. We're excited to say boxee users can now play, browse, and queue 'Instant Watch' movies through our custom Netflix application.

It's easily the best 10' Netflix experience available - see screenshots here: drop.io/boxeetv | password: netflix

We also wanted to highlight what developers can create for boxee so we've built several custom interfaces for CNN, Hulu, Flickr, Picasa, and YouTube. Here's a short list of what's new (see the boxee blog for all the nitty gritty):

New Content
- Netflix* - browse, queue, and play streaming movies.
- TheWB - shows like Angel, Buffy, Firefly, The O.C., Smallville, and In Living Color
- The Boston Globe's Big Picture blog - amazing photos from around the world
- MTVMusic - songs/artists in your collection are now linked with music videos

Updated Content
- Hulu - enhanced UI with access to personal queues from Hulu.com
- YouTube - newly developed interface with improved browsing/playback as well as h264 support
- CNN, Flickr, Picasa - custom interfaces with improved browsing and playback

*NB - Netflix on AppleTV is not currently available. This is our #1 priority right now as we're working to overcome the hardware limitations of the AppleTV. We will post progress reports on the boxee blog.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an interview please email, IM, tweet, call, or yell loudly. Someone will be with you shortly : )

***Headed to CES? Visit Avner, Gidon, Tom, Andrew, and the rest of Team Boxee in the Sands at Innovation Pod #IP204.***

Other Useful Links:
boxee home: www.boxee.tv
boxee blog: blog.boxee.tv
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