boxee published an update about its App Dev Challenge:
see you at Mezzanine! – we were able to book Mezzanine in San Francisco as the venue for the event on June 23rd. following our meetup in Webster Hall in NYC, we thought we should find a similar place in San Francisco.
how to build a boxee app – there are now two examples of boxee apps that could serve as a good starting point for building your own app. the first one is ThruYou and the second is songza. if you have any question about the API or the development process you can check out the boxee dev forum, or connect with idan on twitter.
Drobo + 4TB – our friends at Seagate are sponsoring 4TB of Barracuda drives for each of the 3 Drobos we are giving away at the event. Drobo + 4TB is my personal setup at home, connected to my Mac Mini over the network and serving all my videos, music and pictures. it is excellent!
ideas for boxee apps – want to build an app, but don’t have a specific idea? you can look at what people are asking for on getsatisfaction, search on twitter, look at services with open APIs, or just think of what you’d love to see on boxee and is not already there. fred wilson will be happy to see someone build a La Blogoteque app.
As with the previous event, there will be a new version of boxee released on the night of the event which contains updated features and content.
working on a boxee app? let us know http://bit.ly/boxeedevchallenge
To encourage both companies and individuals to add new content and features onto its platform, boxee launched app development challenge that will culminate with a boxee meetup in San Francisco on June 23rd.
Here you have some details:
The boxee dev challenge will have 3 categories: Video, Music and Photos.
In each category we will have a People’s Choice award and a Judge’s Choice award:
People’s Choice Award: Drobo + 4TB from Seagate
Judge’s Choice Award: Sony Bravia XBR9 46″
The deadline for submitting your application is June 14th at 11:59pm PT, but we encourage you to submit early and often as we’ll be talking up cool applications as they come in.
Voting will take place between June 15th – June 22nd.
On June 23rd will have a boxee event in San Francisco (RSVP here) announcing the People’s Choice and our esteemed judges will choose a winner from the 10 most popular apps in each category.
The judges at the event will be:
Veronica Belmont – Tekzilla, Qore
Ryan Block – GDGT, former EIC Engadget
Cali Lewis – host of geekbrief.tv
Avner Ronen – boxee founder and CEO
Looking for more info on how to develop boxee apps: check out http://developer.boxee.tv and take a look at the sample app (we will publish additional sample apps). Please submit your app to email@example.com.
Whether you’re a developer or just a boxee fan, we look forward to seeing you @ the event.
Apple has filed a set of patents for a Wii-style remote control for Apple TV.
In the two patent applications Apple describes a “wand” for controlling the operations of a media system, suggesting the iPhone-maker may be considering games for Apple TV.
That would involve distributing them to the device through the iTunes App Store, as is currently the case for the iPhone.
In January, it was suggested that NVIDIA’s Ion platform is likely to be included in the next Apple TV.
Among the uses proposed by Apple for the wand are zoom operations, a keyboard application, an image application, an illustration application and a media application.
Other possiblities for the wand include it being used to call up a dock, and then to select an option from the menu by moving the wand across the screen.
The controller could also scroll through a CoverFlow display and be used to manipulate photos by zooming in and out and rotating.
It will be interesting to see how it develops, and if this will finally move apple to invest more in the platform.
It’s true that lately we did not put much attention to forum moderation, big mistake, sorry!
Unfortunately the forum has been taken by unrelated posts (to be polite).
As cleaning the forum will be almost impossible, we have decided to stop that service for the moment. And perhaps starting it again with a more clear rules and mechanism to avoid spammers and unrelated content.
Thanks for your comprehension.
Apple has just released its latest update for the Apple TV, version 2.3.1 breaks all the third party add-ons for the Apple TV as Boxee and will break functionality for most of the applications, as expected by this continued cat and mouse game between Apple and the hacking community.
This release has at first sight no additional features, looks like a maintenance release.
We have received the following e-mail from the Boxee team, and as they are asking feedback from the community, we are reproducing it here for your consideration.
For those of you following the Hulu / TV.com story, we wanted to share the news that Hulu has also requested to be removed from boxee at the request of their content partners.
We’ve put up a blog post on our site (http://blog.boxee.tv/2009/02/18/the-hulu-situation/) giving a little more insight, but we wanted you to hear it from us first.
Here’s the text of our post:
we love Hulu. they have built a great product and brand (including one the best Superbowl ads this year). since our early days in private alpha, Hulu was the most requested site by our users. so we built support for browsing Hulu on boxee, reached out to Hulu, showed it to them, and on Oct 20th, 2008 shared it with our alpha testers (without a formal partnership with Hulu). the response has been amazing. people love watching many of their favorite shows on Hulu via boxee. last week we generated more than 100,000 streams for them…
two weeks ago Hulu called and told us their content partners were asking them to remove Hulu from boxee. we tried (many times) to plead the case for keeping Hulu on boxee, but on Friday of this week, in good faith, we will be removing it. you can see their blog post about the issues they are facing there.
our goal has always been to drive users to legal sources of content that are publicly available on the Internet. we have many content partners who are generating revenue from boxee users and we will work with Hulu and their partners to resolve the situation.
we will tell them how users love Hulu on boxee, why it represents a great opportunity for them to better engage with fans of their shows, how boxee can help in exposing their content to new people, and why they should be excited about future opportunities of working with us.
we will blog/tweet as soon as we have any updates and hopefully we’ll be able to bring back the Hulu experience to boxee sooner rather than later.
For that post, I will request you to comment and send feedback to their blog.