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How To Setup XBMC with Icefilms on Windows 7 – Alternative Way to Netflix to Stream Movies and TV Shows For Free

Heard of Netflix ? The ever growing popular online streaming service that charges you $9 a month to stream OLD movies and TV Shows.

Well, if you ever want to stream Movies or TV Shows for free you are in luck today. Introduce XBMC + Icefilms, the most powerful combination to enrich your home entertainment. In a way this is better than what Netflix offers you for $9 a month.

Here is how to get started:

First you need to download the media center XBMC, originally designed for Xbox, but have grow ever since and now it’s a cross platform media center you don’t want to miss.

Next, download the icefilms add-on (always download the latest zip file) for XBMC. Icefilms is a third party source to view all the goodies that you can ever possible to imagine.

Follow These Installation Steps:

  1. Once you done installing XBMC, fire it up. Go to System > Add-ons.
  2. Choose “Install from zip file”
  3. Use the keyboard arrow key or the mouse to navigate to the icefilms.zip add-on you just downloaded a moment ago. Hit OK when you done. By doing so you have just enabled the add-on. To make the use of this add-on go back to main menu. Video > Add-on
  4. There will be a list of add-ons, select Icefilms
  5. Choose Popular or other sorting option provided.

Wola, you’ve just got yourself a list of movies to be watch for free, all in high quality.

Follow these steps and you will be able to watch all the TV & Movies you could have ever wanted, plus alot more!

Some Movies or Videos will have more than one source, all streaming from Megaupload server. You need to wait for a while to start streaming, once the wait is over. You can enjoy the show.

That’s it, for now, XBMC is a great software if you are interested in building a home entertainment system. Give them a try, you will enjoy it. (Please note: we are not supporting nor encouraging any use of validating Copyright content. Simply provide a guidance what’s possible from a software prospective)

Download XMBC for your PC here.  When you’ve finished installing XMBC, download and install the Icefilms addon here.

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