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Is Premium Content Coming to Boxee?

Posted by Alan at 6:09 PM on May 23, 2011

Any questions about where Boxee may be heading could have been answered with the latest user survey.  The questions surround premium content that it seems they are thinking of making available to users.

What kind of premium content?  The best kind – pay-per-view, sports, and premium channels like HBO.  The gist of the survey surrounds what users are willing to pay for this type of content.  They are even floating the idea of NFL games on PPV – in fact, that’s the one listed in the survey.  In terms of premium channels, HBO and Showtime are names.

So, can they pull off actually adding such content?  HBO and Showtime are a possibility, but the NFL seems much more difficult, especially since they have a deal in place with DirecTV for Sunday Ticket.  It’s not out of the question, just a more difficult negotiation.  I have been waiting for this – a pay-per-view game is long overdue.  There’s seriously no reason for anyone to buy EVERY game of EVERY team in order to watch one team’s games.  It’s much more economical to pay for your game than to pay for DirecTV (plus Sunday Ticket).

Here’s hoping……….

 

GNC-2011-02-17 #648 Special Apple Product Announcement!

Posted by geeknews at 1:14 AM on February 18, 2011

For those of you that actually read the show notes and I know 10′s of thousands do not the clue on the Apple Product announcement is in the show notes.. You want to talk about a product that the koolaid drinkers will get excited about. Action packed show, of course I had to have a mini soap box time over recent App Store announcements. Hope you enjoy the show. Action hotline is available 24/7 at +1-619-342-7365 leave your comments there or drop me an e-mail.

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84k websites hijacked by Uncle Sam!
Small Nuclear Reactor.

Show Notes:
Comet Particles Sounded like Bombs!
To Jupiter and Beyond.
ISS to get Japanese Anime Robot. ;)
Solar Activity on Rise.
WISE is shutdown.
Fetus Brain Activity.
Darpa want’s you!
Dumb Criminal Department.
Righthaven tries again.
TSA Thieves!
Microsoft makes dumb Policy.
SSd’s are not Secure.
Send a Robot to Moon and Win!
Android Malware.
Smart Red Light.
Clearwire Gains but still looses Money.
10 Core Chip on Way.
Facebook recognizes Civil Unions.
Coupon Cutters like Spending.
NSA wants to Protect Private Infrastructure?
Thought Controlled Devices.
Hack PS3 get Banned.
Apple + Devices + Kids = Ohhh Man
Apple 15 Minute Purchase Window under Review.
National Broadband Map.
Comcast 24/7 3d Content.
No Small iPhone.
Chevrolet MyLink.
Google OnePass.
Sony not leaving iTunes.
What Happens when you Meet a Semi?
Dual Screen Tablet.
Gov’t Mistakes Kills 84k Websites but it gets much Worse!
P2P lawsuits dropped by Thousands.
P2P Users giving up cash for no reason.
RIAA says Canada and Spain Worse?
Facebook News Feed Stream Change.
Facebook Pop up Pictures Hack.
Borders Bankrupt.
Web Savvy Cars Finally.
AT&T – Fast / Verizon -Slow on iPhone Speed Test.
Firefox 4 coming!
Portable Speaker Mini
Anti Sleep Pilot for iPhone.
Cord Cutting for only 25 and Below.
Roku Tips.
Wild Pirate Stats.
Plex comes to Android.
Video Piracy goes Underground.
Next New Networks and Google.
RipTune.
iPhone Menu hack for Jailbreakers.
Netflix and Vudu on Boxee.
Apple about to commit grand larceny.
Movies on your iOS Device.
Rewdbox to Stream.
2012 Chevy Volt Rebates.
Sprint and LTE.
Rovi and Delivery Agent.
Apple Water.
Google Navigation.
Bing Bar Changed!
Tetris Game powered by HTML5
See the Google Android Booth.
Stardust Flyby.
Cosmo 101 Heavy Stuff.
EU Launches Massive load to ISS.
Steve Jobs Destroyed Home.

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Netflix and Vudu Now on the D-Link Boxee Box

Posted by Mike Dell at 6:49 AM on February 15, 2011

D-Link and Boxee have announced that the Boxee Box will now support Vudu and NetFlix.

This will bring even more choices to the Boxee box and let it’s users have access to the 1000′s of movies and TV shows available on NetFlix via their subscription service. NetFlix subscriptions start at $7.99 for streaming only and $8.99 for 1 DVD by mail at a time in addition to the streaming. Go to NetFlix.com to check out their service.

Vudu brings HD movies, on demand for rental. They have first run movies that are available on the Vudu service the same day the DVD’s are released. Standard rentals are priced at $2 for 2 nights and HD New Releases rent for $4.99. Check out vudu.com for more information.

The D-Link Boxee box can be ordered for around $200 just about everywhere electronics are sold. The Boxee service also includes a plethora of other streaming content from various media creators around the internet (including Tech Podcast Network and Blubrry channels)

The Boxee Box itself features an SD card slot, two USB ports, optical digital audio, HDMI output, 802.11n wireless, and an Ethernet port. It has a double-sided remote featuring a built-in QWERTY keyboard and simple browsing interface, consumers can kick back and watch virtually anything. It also integrates social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, Right from your remote!

For more information on the Boxee service, check them out over at boxee.tv and check out the boxee box by D-Link at dlink.com/boxee

Up Close with D-Link’s Boxee Box

Posted by Andrew at 11:09 PM on February 8, 2011

Steve Stanzione of D-Link shows off a couple of their latest products to Andy McCaskey, including the Boxee Box.

First up is the Whole Home Router 1000, an 11n wireless router with an interesting design – it’s a black cylinder. The design isn’t just a pretty face, it encapsulates six aerials that create a steerable array that can focus the wireless beam on the location of the receiving wireless device. Out in the second quarter of 2011.

Next is a wireless-n IP camera with IR LED ring for night-viewing. As with many of these devices, you can view the camera image via D-Link’s personal web portal and there are the usual smartphone apps as well for Android and iOS. Apparently IP cameras are selling well and surprisingly, aren’t being used for home security. Many are being used to keep an eye on the interior of homes, keeping track of children and pets or watching over babies.

Finally, Andy looks at the Boxee, D-Link’s flagship product. He reckons the Boxee’s best feature is the on/off button so that it’s not necessary to unplug the device to reboot it. This in some ways reflects the immaturity of all the media streamer products, not just the Boxee – I had an Archos device which was forever hanging on certain media and you had to unplug to restart. Anyway, the Boxee’s range of codecs and the innovative remote control generally set it apart from the competition.

Interview by Andy McCaskey of SDR News.

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Iomega TV with Boxee – Media Streamer and NAS

Posted by Andrew at 9:55 AM on January 22, 2011

Iomega becomes the second manufacturer to offer a Boxee-based product with their brand new Iomega TV with Boxee. Available in two variants, one as a media streamer device with no storage, the other with up to 2TB of storage built-in. The devices also offer NAS features such as DLNA server, iTunes server and access to your Iomega Personal Cloud.

Available from late February at $229, $299 and $349 price points. You can register to be notified of availability at the link above.

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Viewsonic TV with Boxee built in!

Posted by geeknews at 9:40 AM on January 15, 2011

Viewsonic at CES 2011 introduced a LCD television with Boxee built in. They are the first to have an actual Boxee TV. This is exciting in that if you do not want the Boxee box sitting next to your TV you can now get Boxee with it built into the set. This TV will be available around Fathers Day, their is no price point at this time but you can expect it to be a little higher than a non connected TV.

Boxee already has over 150 channels in the platform with thousands of media choices within those channels.

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The Future Of OTT TV Apps

Posted by tomwiles at 11:10 PM on December 29, 2010

I’ve been experimenting for some time with connecting computers to televisions, along with a variety of other set-top boxes. I’m now at a point where I’ve begun to draw a few conclusions.

Are we there yet? The short answer is no. We’ve still got a long way to go.

After living a while with Apps on an Android smartphone, along with apps on an iPod Touch, it has become clear to me that the best apps running on these sorts of hand-held devices give a great, slick, quick-access media-consumption experience.

Apps running on Internet-connected TV’s or set-top boxes are going to be important in the future. However, so far what we have available today is a somewhat frustrating experience.

I’ve got a Mac Mini set up as an HTPC/DVR with an Eye TV USB HD tuner. The Eye TV software fails in a living room setting because the text within the application is too small to be easily read from across the room even on a big screen. I’ve also got the Boxee app installed on the same machine. Boxee does have a growing list of apps. However, many of the currently available Boxee apps still often fall short of genuine usefulness.

I want a software interface that I can read and interact with easily from across the room without having to deal with it as if it’s desktop software. I want software apps that are powerful, easy to use, and give me a consistent experience from one app to the next. If I’ve specified I want only videos, then the software should serve me up ONLY videos, with no audio podcasts mixed in.

The trouble with OTT content is that one size doesn’t fit all. The perfect app should allow me to cherry-pick my favorite Internet video content sources and turn them all into a single channel or series of channels.

The ideal OTT/set top box content delivery system is going to incorporate a system of apps much like either the Apple IOS app store, or the Android app store where the customer can choose from thousands of content gathering and/or content delivery apps. Like my Evo Android phone or my iPod Touch, I will be able to customize MY particular set top box with precisely the apps that I want without someone trying to steer me towards content that someone else wants to push towards me against my will. My iPod is my own, with my own selection of personal content. I want my TV to work in exactly the same manner.

GNC-2010-12-13 #634 On the Mend

Posted by geeknews at 10:52 PM on December 13, 2010

Audio only tonight folks voice will not support a live show, plus the bandwidth sucks. Lot’s happening obviously getting healthy is a priority and I’m a lot better. Still planning on doing a listener meetup on Wednesday.

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Australia Medics get iPad.
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Show Notes:
YouTube Trends
More Cuts at Yahoo!
Disconnect.
Disclose Tweets!
Gawker completely Hacked!
Voyager 1 Near Edge of Solar Systems.
Accesibility in Windows Mobile.
The Future of Web Video.
Healthcare in Turmoil.
Digital Downloads is not Savior for Music Industry.
NASA Rover Build On-Line.
Solar Explosions blowing Scientist away.
Rocking the Sun.
Look Up.
Internet equals TV Usage.
Boxee Updated.
Sony SD Cards.
Roku Updated.
Track those Packages.
Learn English.
Try Miro.
Geek Wrapping Paper.
Dual Screen Laptop or Tablet?
BitTorrent Throttling in Canada.
Hypocrite.
Windows 8 Slate.
Need A Lamp?
Do we need the AP?
The Current State of Podcasting.

GNC-2010-11-15 #627 Back Scatter Mania!

Posted by geeknews at 9:58 PM on November 15, 2010

Need a bigger green screen, had fun experimenting with it will introduce it once I get back to Hawaii. Lot’s of tech tonight and I keep the show to just an hour. Some big announcements coming later this week just waiting on some deliverables from some vendors.

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Tree’s as Street Lights.
Giant Space Bubble.

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Don’t touch my Junk.
TSA threatens to sue Passenger!
Smartphone or stand alone GPS receiver.
Some history on the FCC!
White Pages RIP.
Mile High texting contest.
Joo Joo DOA.
Aerial Drone for Mars.
Smart Vending Machines.
MLB not playing Ball.
Space Launch from Alaska.
More Cracks on Tank.
ISS Space Walk.
Kinect 1 Million Sales.
Chrome OS and Android OS.
Beattles on iTunes Today?
NBC content needs to be shared.
Firefox 4.0 Beta.
Google makes Dumb TV’s Smart.
Boxee Remote.
Online Video TV Watching climbs.
Netflix Android Challenges.
Operation Payback.
Marshall Headphones.
Facebook Email?
Mac Adobe Audition.
New Motherboard.
Broadband demand is back!
LTE Usage Pretty high!
Meebo Web Check In.
Twitter Update.
Calacanis Talks about Lawsuits.
Net Neutrality issues in EU.
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GNC-2010-11-08 #625 Back in the Saddle

Posted by geeknews at 10:29 PM on November 8, 2010

Feels good to be back in the full swing of the show. I am having a great trip here in Albuquerque and really enjoying myself, will be doing an Ohana meet up this coming Friday. If you want to come out to dinner and your in the local area drop me an email so I can pass location and time.

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Washington Post iPad App.
Blip.TV hits 100 Million Video Views Monthly.
RockMelt Social Browser.
US Gov’t Naughty List.
Toshiba SSD for Macbook Air now Available.
Pilots told to Avoid Scanner.
Bundling Software in Danger?
Google Blocks Facebook!
Windows Phone 7 Launch and 2000 Apps.
7 Facebook Unfriending rules.
Google TV Gateway Fancast.com Blocked.
Nokia Shakes up Symbian Foundation.
Free Airborne Wifi On Google.
Hacker hits UK Navy.
Verizon to Broadcast Video on LTE?
Very Dangerous IE Bug!
IE Hack Kit For Sale.
TSA ban Toner and Ink.
Creative Commons big win in Belgium.
Patent Office gets more Screwed.
Ready for Mini Big Bangs.
Hey Best Buy Get Squared away on Roku.
Can you Fly?
48 Million iPads?
Bloglines Saved.
Limewire back from the Dead.
Boxee needs Cash.
Burglary Suspect Idiot.
Cassini Flying in Safe Mode.
Shuttle Pushes for Nov 30th Launch.
Laptops as Ovens.
Avidemux Editor.
Time Warner Look Back.
Zune Insider #93.

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