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The Boxee folks released the public beta of Boxee today. In addition to a new UI, Boxee has partnered with TV.com, blip.tv and IGN. Watch streaming shows from their partners and Hulu. The Hulu content still involves seeing the Hulu.com page. You can also watch videos stored on your Mac or on machines on the same network.
Whiel checking out the streaming shows from Boxee partners, we watched It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Twin Peaks when we should have been writing this article. That poor Laura Palmer.
The Boxee beta is available for Intel Macs running OS X 10.4 or later. It's also available for Ubuntu and some OS out of Seattle we've never heard of.
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In addition to the Boxee Beta, the company introduced it's new Boxee Box. The D-Link built device is powered by NVIDIA's Tegra 2 (T20) platform. The three-wheel motion designed box (ask your favorite lowrider about three-wheel motion) is about as tall as a can of soda.
Ports? Well here is Boxee's port run down:
- HDMI – one inexpensive HDMI cable to connect The Boxee Box to your TV
- SPDIF – hi-definition digital audio that will pass through Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound and DTS to your A/V Receiver
- Stereo Audio (RCA) – red & white cables from the 80’s, 90’s and today
- 2 x USB ports – add devices like external hard drives and more
- Wireless 802.11n & Wired Ethernet – Cords if you got ‘em, wireless if you don’t
- RF Remote Control – control playback from anywhere
The backside remote is actually a keyboard. Fancy!
We'll have a review of the new Boxee Box soon on MacLife.com and in the Mac|Life magazine.