Hulu request to be taken down from Boxee

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on February 19, 2009

boxee logo Hulu request to be taken down from BoxeeWe 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.


Friends,

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.

Best,
Andrew

For that post, I will request you to comment and send feedback to their blog.

Patchstick 3.0 from AppleTV & More, available from now

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on February 16, 2009

AppleTV&More, the Montreal based specialist for Apple TV enhancements, has released the version 3.0 of their “patchstick”.

patchstickhome Patchstick 3.0 from AppleTV & More, available from now

From their press-release:

Patchstick 3.0 provides a flexible software solution that is customized to take the hassle out of the patching process.

The Patchstick 3.0 comes with an online update process, is fully reversible, retains standard functionality, adds remote access and support for all available codecs (wmv, mpg, avi, divx, xvid, …) and enables access to networks shares and more.

Patchstick 3.0 comes with 2 custom plugins, the LaucnhMore! and atvdigiframe plugin, and it allow to manage the installation of ATVFiles 1.2.0, Sapphire 6.5, XBMC, Boxee, HotSpot Shield and other available plugins for firmware version 2.3.

There is a Free version of the Patchstick, that can be found at google code.

The Paid solution contains all future updates and allows to install and deinstall the software plugins, and can be found here.

We did not had time to test it yet, if you have been playing with it, send us your impressions in the comments.

Apple TV sales Triple. Why ?

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on February 5, 2009

apple tv 150x150 Apple TV sales Triple. Why ?In those difficult days, full of lay-off, profit warnings and other depressing news,  learning that a product has increased sales by 300% in Q4, is big news.

Apple TV sales were up over 3 time vs the year-ago quarter.

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How-to post at Lifehacker about Boxee and Appletv

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on January 30, 2009

Interesting post at Lifehacker.com by Kevin Purdy, describing a how-to convert an appleTV into a full featured media center thanks to Boxee.

Read more at Cut the Cable For Good with Boxee and Apple TV

Apple adds HD video donwloads for UK users

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on January 29, 2009

Looks like previous post about Apple TV revamp will start by adding HD Downloads for AppleTV owners in the UK via iTunes.

The first offerings in high def are episodes of the current series of ABC’s Lost, which will be sold for £2.49 each.

This compares to the standard USD $2.99 rates charged for HD downloads on the US version of the Apple digital store.

A season pass will be £41.99.

A free five-minute HD trial is available from the store to give UK users a flavor of what’s on offer.

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It’s time for AppleTV revamp ?

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on January 23, 2009

Apple reaffirmed support for AppleTV after announcing first quarter sales of the digital media receiver were three times higher than for the same period last year.

When asked about AppleTV, acting CEO Tim Cook was fairly emphatic about the device’s future.

“We still consider this a hobby, however, it is clear the movie rental business has helped AppleTV and there are more and more customers who want to try it,” he said.

“We fundamentally believe there is something here for us in the future. We will continue to invest in it.”

Strong video sales also helped the iTunes store to a record quarter.

Source: HDTV.biz-news.com

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