Media Player

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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PrimeDTV unveils PHD-HM5 HD media player

PrimeDTV unveils PHD-HM5 HD media player

Media players are popular devices in many homes providing the ability to watch all sorts of digital media on the big screen in the living room. PrimeDTV has announced its latest HD network media player called the PHD-HM5. The device is recognized by Amazon as one of the ten hottest electronics products of 2009.

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BBC relaunch iPlayer as Wii Channel

BBC relaunch iPlayer as Wii Channel

The BBC has announced that it will be "relaunching" the iPlayer streaming TV system on the Nintendo Wii, with the system now present as a dedicated Wii channel.  While iPlayer access on the Wii has been possible since April 2008, the new iPlayer channel will apparently offer a "faster, high quality and improved viewing experience" according to Erik Huggers, direct of Future Media and Technology at the BBC.

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HP DreamScreen Hands-on [Video]

HP DreamScreen Hands-on [Video]

The HP DreamScreen takes boring digital photo frames to a whole new level.  Not only is it sleek and stylish, it adds a brand new dimension to sharing your digital content.  Get up to date Facebook status, watch videos, and listen to Pandora Internet radio right from the DreamScreen.  The DreamScreen comes in two display sizes – 10.2 inches on the DreamScreen 100 and 13.3 inches for DreamScreen 130; priced at $249 and $299 respectively.  Both feature a piano-black design with a flush glass widescreen display, 2GB of built-in memory, a remote control, WiFi b/g streaming and integrated speakers.

Video hands-on after the cut

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