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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.

World’s First BitTorrent Certified Digital TV Launches

The world’s first Digital TV with ‘BitTorrent inside’ will be presented to the public tomorrow at the IFA trade show for consumer electronics in Berlin. The TV is manufactured by Vestel and uses technology from BitTorrent Inc. that allows consumers to find, download and play their favorite digital media directly on their television.

Early 2011 BitTorrent Inc., the company behind the popular file-sharing client uTorrent, launched a new all-in-one ecosystem for BitTorrent-certified products codenamed Chrysalis.

By using a certified application users can search for files that are shared on BitTorrent, download these files, and play them directly on their computers, TV or mobiles devices. Everything is bundled into one system and downloaders don’t have to worry about conversion, codecs or file-formats.

Today BitTorrent Inc. and TV manufacturer Vestel announce the launch of the first digital TV that will come with this built-in BitTorrent support. By embedding BitTorrent technology directly into the the TV hardware the two companies hope to appeal to a wide audience of people who are looking for an even more simple way to enjoy downloaded content in their living room.

“Consumers want all types of personal media and Internet content in their living rooms and the TV remains the most desired device for consuming this digital media, regardless of source,” Vestel’s Hakan Kutlu said commenting on the announcement.

“BitTorrent certification helps our TV line meet this consumer demand and ensures that Vestel products remain at the forefront of technology innovation and adoption,” Kutlu adds.

The first BitTorrent certified TV will be demoed tomorrow in Berlin, Germany at IFA, one of the world’s largest consumer trade shows.

Aside from convenience, the main reason for BitTorrent Inc. to develop the new BitTorrent ecosystem is to simplify the downloading process for less tech-savvy people. Right now, many people drop out after installing a BitTorrent client because they find it too complicated to download and play content.

“The world of digital media has become unnecessarily complex and results in an increasingly fragmented consumer experience. People want access to their entire content library – personal media, Internet files, and artist approved content – regardless of source, media type, or file format,” BitTorrent’s chief strategist Shahi Ghanem said.

BitTorrent told TorrentFreak that more certified devices running Chrysalis software will be announced this fall. Two years ago BitTorrent already partnered with device makers such as Netgear and D-Link to bring BitTorrent to set-top boxes and NAS devices, but these don’t run on Chrysalis yet.

BitTorrent’s efforts to simplify the user experience and become more integrated into devices doesn’t mean that the development of uTorrent will stagnate. The Chrysalis project has replaced the former mainline BitTorrent client, but uTorrent will continue to be developed separately. And with more than 100 million active users a month, that is probably a wise decision.

Source: TorrentFreak

BlackBerry ‘planning Apple TV rival’, Codename “BlackBerry Cyclone”

BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion is rumoured to be about to launch a new product that will   plug in to users’ televisions and stream online video.

The ‘media box, similar to Apple’s TV and products from Sony and LG, is rumoured to be codenamed the ‘BlackBerry Cyclone’.

Media boxes have become increasingly popular because they allow users to put the growing amount of online TV content onto their televisions easily. Most use either a wired or wireless internet connection and an HDMI cable, but   they do not generally offer internal storage.

According to the Nerdberry  website, the BlackBerry Cyclone will be able to stream NetFlix and YouTube content, as well as access a user’s WiFi network devices.

Ryan:  Good news for BlackBerry, but again a little late on the launch of this service compared to competitors in the market already.  RIM, you need to keep up with the times.

Source: The Telegraph

Extradition For Pirates? Seized Domain Admins Call It Quits

Spoiled by the militant style of The Pirate Bay founders, who raised their middle fingers at some of the most powerful corporate and governmental organizations in the world, many in the file-sharing community feel that utter defiance is the only approach to dealing with copyright-related adversity.

With such a high benchmark set for sticking-it-to-the-man, on countless occasions over the last decade the community has sighed in collective resignation and disappointment when site admins or product developers have “caved in” to the demands of the entertainment industries.

But there are real people behind these stories of admins fighting for their lives, and while it’s easy to move on to tomorrow’s news with barely a second thought for their predicament, they are the ones that have to live with the consequences of their actions.

In May, US authorities embarked on phase 4 of Operation in Our Sites, seizing the domains of several more sites including that of Re1ease.net, a portal that offered links to movie and TV shows. Although the site quickly returned with a new domain, once the dust has settled the seriousness of their situation weighed heavily on the site’s admins.

“At the time I was happy the domain was all that was taken. If we had of lost the server I imagine we would have just quit there and then,” site admin PiraCee told TorrentFreak.

RE1_VOD, another Re1ease admin, explained that it came as a shock for the site to be targeted over other much larger sites of the same kind, but they remained defiant.

“We registered several domains being stubbon not to be taken offline,” he explained. “The initial plan was to re-code Re1ease to be API-based and be a distributed website.”

But it seems the mood soon changed.

While RE1_VOD recalls the excitement of getting up during the night to be the first to add content and beat competing sites, he told us that once the US government got involved it was an altogether different game.

Already the site had suffered problems with advertisers who would delay payments for months only to announce they could not deal with the site, presumably on copyright grounds. DMCA takedown notices began to cause problems too.

“We would reply to DCMA requests but just one email from copyright holders to hosts would result in them turning the website off,” says RE1_VOD.

“Apart from the effort that was to be involved, personally, the whole thing killed my passion for the project. What started as something fun simply wasn’t anymore,” says PiraCee.

Despite the issues, Re1ease continued with their work but last month came news of a real game-changer – the attempt at extraditing TVShack.net admin Richard O’Dwyer to the US.

“This was one of the main reasons for the closure. We didn’t fancy a holiday of that nature,” PiraCee explains.

“The risks outweigh the pros of running a site like Re1ease now, then when we heard about TVShack, we thounoughtnough is enough.”

“Hopefully, in one way or another, if Re1ease was still being watched in the same was TVShack was, they will see the closure as willingness to co-operate and that will be the end of the matter. We really do feel for Mr O’Dwyer.”

So for Re1ease, this really is the end. Both admins send their thanks to the staff and users of the site but while PiraCee and RE1_VOD will stay online, priorities will change.

“We don’t plan on leaving the Internet, but we are going to concentrate on our personal lives. I myself have just got engaged and i’m in the middle of buying a house / starting a family,” PiraCee concludes.

As the world becomes ever more connected through the Internet and other networks, we are communicating like never before – more quickly and more often. But despite these greater links between us, through the myriad of so-called social-networks, it is easier than ever to forget that there are real people behind these mountains of text on screens.

Some of these are real people in the file-sharing community and they face difficult times – who can blame them when they make tough decisions? Their families won’t, that’s for certain.

Source: TorrentFreak

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

Samsung working on a new platform for mobile phones and TVs

Samsung is reportedly working on a new platform that will power both its mobile phones and TVs. Details on the underlying OS are sparse as the platform is still under development with no target launch date. Presumably this is a proprietary OS (Bada-based?) built from the ground up by Samsung but Android would be a nice possibility as Samsung already produces several high-end Android handsets which would tie in well with a Google-powered television.

Samsung is one of only a few handset manufacturers, the others being LG and Sony, in the unique position of being able to develop a software architecture that powers both devices and can tie its handsets closely to its line of TVs. Not only would a hybrid platform drive customers to buy more Samsung products, a unified platform for mobile phones and TVs allows Samsung to offer services that run on both devices. Properly positioned services can generate revenue, which is presumably the impetus for this project.

Sony and its joint mobile division Sony Ericsson is already in a position to compete with Samsung when the Korean company’s new platform makes its way to mainstream devices. Sony recently launched its new Internet TV, a model that is powered by GoogleTV and offers search, web browsing, online video streaming, and more through this Android-based platform. Sony Ericsson is committed to developing Android handsets and could tie its phones into its TVs using custom applications based upon Google’s mobile OS. Sony has the jump on Samsung and the power of Android behind it which makes it a formidable opponent.

As Internet-based TV explodes and device convergence becomes the next big thing, look for other manufacturers to follow suit. LG could easily follow Sony Ericsson’s lead and integrate its Android handsets with its line of Google TVs-powered TVs. HTC could sign deals with other TV manufacturers such as Panasonic and so on.

Source: intomobile / Reuters