This Monday, at the Boxee Beta Unveiling event in Brooklyn, the Boxee hit beta status. The Beta comes with completely re-designed home screen – the menu is now put front and center. Below you will find Feed (recommendations from friends on boxee, Facebook or Twitter), Featured (recommendations from Boxee’s staff) and Queue (things we’ve saved for later).
Boxee is having an unveiling event today at 7pm (ET) at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, NYC. They will demo the new Beta, launch new applications from partners and start a 4-weeks early-access for users to test the Beta before they release it to the public at CES on Jan 7th. Boxee team say the Beta will look, feel and behave differently from the Alpha. It will feature new user interface, improved navigation, search TV Shows and Movies, a user controlled Queue, shortcuts and more.
In case you didn’t have enough fun hacking your boxes for 3.0 update, here it comes…another “revolutionary” update. Apple says it prevents content from temporarily disappearing. According to them, when you have to update to 3.0.1? “When you are using Apple TV software version 3.0 and all of your movies, TV shows, and songs appear to be missing” or “When you are using Apple TV software version 3.0 and all of your movies, TV shows, and songs appear to be present, but you have not yet updated to Apple TV software version 3.0.1.” Interesting… Wasn’t it easier with “Don’t think too much, update your box immediately!”…?
Official Apple instructions here.
- XBMC launched beta 3 of Launcher 3.2.
We can confirm now – it’s compatible with 3.0.1
- Boxee says it is already working in 3.0.1 (with Launcher 3.2 beta 3)
- nitoTV released 0.8.2 version with 3.0.1 support
(RSS, USB and watchdog patches updated for 3.0.1 as well)
- aTV Flash released 4.0.1 version with 3.0.1 compatibility.
It took not more than a few days to get almost all the important hacks and plugins working in 3.0 update.
Released yesterday, 0.8.1 version (direct download) now supports 3.0 update.
nito says some features may have no chance of making it back in. Couchsurfer and RSS are not working, but they have restored the functionality for DVD, MPlayer, QuickTime, Weather, Network, download, installer and Application Launching sections.
Audio volume and sub toggling and resume returns in QuickTime playback! It is possible to turn off the volume control in General settings if this is not a desirable feature.
Guys warn things may be a little buggy from the OS transition.
Follow nitoTV thread at Hackint0sh.org
Well…, as we all already know, new Apple TV software release didn’t bring anything really interesting to our shiny boxes, so let me not focus on the new features and start with a short article our friend wrote for HDTV Biz-News.com. More details about this poor update to come later.
After months of speculations whether Apple will release completely new Apple TV device making it a high-end media center for our living rooms or rather leave it, more or less, as it is (means without all the latest true HD capibilities, IP streaming, Blu-ray, live TV ability, HD recorder, 1080p support, etc.)… we still don’t know the answer.
The company introduced new Apple TV 3.0 software that gives us not more than a redesigned main menu – which is said to give a faster access to the content, possibility to watch iTunes Extras and enjoy iTunes LP in fullscreen and listen to the internet radio (including stations in high-quality HE-ACC formats).
Thanks to PARA9 it’s now possible to browse DVDpedia movie catalog on Apple TV. This small Montréal based team, specializing in web and Mac OS X development, released DVDpedia plugin for Front Row that now also supports Apple TV 2.4 (and only this version).
The plugin is offered as a free download.