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Boxee defend Hulu integration in response to NBC blast

Boxee defend Hulu integration in response to NBC blast

Boxee's on-again, off-again love affair with Hulu has been one of the more frustrating elements of the otherwise excellent media player, and while we pondered out loud last month that paywall propositions from both companies might lead to a more amicable arrangement, it seems the entertainment industry knives are still out.  Earlier this week, Jeff Zucker, President and CEO of NBC, accused Boxee of "illegally taking" Hulu content and that NBC would be "open to negotiations" with the software firm; Boxee have responded by denying that they have done anything illegal, and pointed at the content providers, not Hulu, for insisting on the block.

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Hulu $4.99 paywall rumored: Could this pave way to official Boxee support?

Hulu $4.99 paywall rumored: Could this pave way to official Boxee support?

Mutterings of premium content continue to sweep across the streaming media space, with Hulu the latest to be tipped as preparing to move some of the more popular shows behind a paywall.  The news - which suggests Hulu are considering asking a $4.99 per month subscription for older episodes of shows like 30 Rock, Modern Family and House - comes after Boxee announced their own plans to launch premium content over the summer.

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Boxee adding paid-content support Summer 2010

Boxee adding paid-content support Summer 2010

Boxee have announced that they intend to add payments support to their media center platform, allowing users to purchase pay-per-view and subscription content from the company's media partners.  Expected to roll out over the Summer, the payments system will work in tandem with the existing free content, with media owners able to charge for none, some or all of their offerings.

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Boxee Beta announced: faster performance & tweaked GUI

Boxee Beta announced: faster performance & tweaked GUI

Boxee have announced the new beta of their media center software.  Among the changes include a new homepage, with clearer menu options together with a recommendations pane showing suggestions from Twitter and Facebook, improved handling of files with live searching, and filtering by genre and cost.  The new Boxee beta also combines local and streaming files and organises TV series by episode, while third-party developers can now use OAuth authentication to log into web services.

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Hulu Desktop app reminds people how good Boxee made it

Hulu Desktop app reminds people how good Boxee made it

Hulu have announced a new desktop app, the imaginatively titled Hulu Desktop, which brings "lean-back viewing" to PC and Mac.  The app allows the Hulu catalog to be browsed and titles played, either with a standard keyboard and mouse or with a remote control.  However the news has come as something of a slap in the face to Boxee, who are still forced to use workaround fixes to access Hulu content on their multimedia platform.

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Apple TV v2.3.1 update yanks Boxee

Apple TV v2.3.1 update yanks Boxee

Apple have released a new update for the Apple TV, version 2.3.1, and users have discovered that it unceremoniously dumps the unofficial Boxee plugin from their set-top box.  Boxee is an open-source media player, and by installing it onto the Apple TV the STB is able to play just about any DRM-free multimedia file, rather than simply Apple's own iTunes content (or files specifically compatible with iTunes).

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Boxee gets Netflix in latest update

Boxee gets Netflix in latest update

Boxee is pretty much brand new, but they're already releasing an update to add new features to the mix. The company's media player software that's currently in an alpha version for Macs and Linux only, just got an update that adds the ability to stream Netflix movies and videos from sites such as the WB network, MTV and offers up photos from the Boston Globe.

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