September was a landmark month for the App Store, which saw Apple loosen many of their previous restrictions and allow apps that might have otherwise been kicked to the curb in the past. This week, PlayOn Mobile joined the ranks.
In the last few weeks, Apple’s little “hobby” -- the long-lamented Apple TV -- has come back into the spotlight, ironically thanks to rumors that it’s about to be put out to pasture in favor of a cheaper, sexier box reportedly called iTV (which, even more ironically, was the original name for ATV). While that’s all fine and good, we don’t think Apple has quite squeezed all of the juice out of its original living room lemon -- so here are two handfuls of suggestions in case Cupertino decides to give the ATV another lease on life.
We still miss our now-defunct local video store, but yes, Netflix movies beamed right to our TV is a pretty fair trade. And if Netflix streaming hasn’t found its way to your TV yet via a game console, Blu-ray player, or TiVo, the WD TV Live Plus (the fourth iteration in Western Digital’s line of home media players) makes a great purchase. After all, who doesn’t want to pipe their digital videos, music, and photos to their existing TV and stereo these days? If that’s a superpower your living room lacks, the Live Plus can be your radioactive spider with minimal hassle and none of that messy biting.
Why doesn’t this great audio receiver include great audio/video streaming tools? The NetBoxx R-904N sounds good, but its streaming is more annoying than awesome. You have to dig up your own Mac software, you’ll fight the weak interface, and you’ll be rewarded with video-resolution issues. We’d hoped that this one box could rule our A/V needs, but you’re much better off buying a standard audio receiver and an Apple TV.
In the wake of all this news surrounding online movie and television subscription services like Hulu Plus and Netflix, Boxee has announced that the final version of the Boxee Box will be available this fall to all you media addicts. Check out the video below of Chief Product Office Zach Klein shows off what it's all about.