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Boxee 1.5 improves user interface, is the last version for PC

Boxee has spoiled this post-Christmas week with a morsel of bittersweet news. The company has unveiled the latest version of its software for Windows, Mac and Linux. Revision 1.5 is being tested by select “early access” Boxee Box owners with a public beta scheduled in January, but PC users can download the latest build today. The update introduces various changes to the entertainment hub’s interface.

The home screen has received links to the standard menu to launch the integrated Web browser and Live TV (assuming you have the dongle), the menu now appears as an overlay with refined navigation between sections or search. It’s also easier to sort video content and find additional information about the material with an extended synopsis. Boxee says it has reduced the number of clicks required to get around.

The bad news? This will be the last update for PC users. The company has decided that dedicated set-tops will play a larger role in the future of TVs than HTPCs running a conventional desktop operating system. As such, Boxee feels the need to refocus its efforts accordingly. Free downloads of version 1.5 will be available from Boxee’s website through January, but you’ll have to rely on other mirrors after that.

“People will continue to watch a lot of video on their computer, but it is more likely to be a laptop than a home-theater PC and probably through a browser rather than downloaded software,” the developer explained. “To our computer users…thank you for all your support — we would not be where we are today without you,” it acknowledged. Many PC customers are using that fact to protest Boxee’s abandonment plan.

“If you are a current Boxee user on a computer we hope that you will enjoy 1.5 and maybe when you are ready to retire that good ol’ HTPC/Mac Mini you will decide to get a Boxee Box,” the company said. Next year will bring many additions to Boxee’s product line, including the aforementioned Live TV dongle (provides access to the free over-the-air HDTV broadcasts that launched in 2009) and, hopefully, a new set-top.

Download Boxee 1.5 for your PC here.

Ryan: I am loving Boxee on my Media Center PC.  It’s better than Netflix, and you don’t have to pay $7.99 per month to use it because it’s FREE.  You can also watch a variety of local TV Channels like CBC, CTV etc.

Source: TechSpot

Boxee, Apple announce plans to change the mobile video streaming landscape

It’s time to put down your remote, because in the ongoing fight between traditional television and video streamed via mobile devices, traditional media has been dealt a knockout blow. In an interview with Pocket-lint this week, Andrew Kippen, Vice President of Marketing for Boxee, discussed how a new Boxee iPad app will allow users to stream content from their tablets to any device running Boxee software.

Previously, the publication announced that streaming required a Boxee Box, but now it seems any PC or Mac running Boxee desktop software will be able to stream videos. The app is compatible with both new and old iPads.

Apple (AAPL) also revealed this week that it is considering expanding its AirPlay audio service to feature streaming video from an iPhone or iPad to television sets. Bloomberg noted that the company is seeking to expand beyond the limited success of Apple TV, and to have a greater presence in people’s living rooms via wider use of Apple’s services and devices.

These developments are just a few of the latest in a wave of apps and new technology that are changing where and how consumers view video. Netflix (NFLX) has, for some time, allowed users to stream TV episodes and movies on their iPads, but now it seems others are seeking to further bridge the gap between mobile devices and video content.

Startups such as Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Zediva are now crowding Netflix’s space with a new way to stream video online cheaply. Meanwhile, Twitter has jumped in the mobile device video streaming ring too with an updated iPad app that supports the camera on the iPad 2.

Traditional video is certainly not down for the count. Few are ready to throw their TVs out the window just yet, but it seems only a little time on the clock remains before any video content a consumer desires is just a mobile app away.

Source: Appolicious