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[News] Open Source Company Nets $4 Million Investment Despite Recession

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Boxee Media Center App Gets $4 Million in Funding

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| A few days ago, in a roundup of open source media center applications, I 
| covered Boxee. It's an open source mashup of a sophisticated media center 
| application that can run and organize videos, photos and more on the Mac, 
| AppleTV, Windows (soon) and Linux, and a social networking application. I 
| mentioned that it's one of the most compelling media center applications I've 
| seen, and it appears I'm not alone. Boxee has announced that it has secured 
| $4 million in first round funding, led by Union Square Ventures and Spark 
| Capital. Here's why I think Boxee is going to become a household name.       



Weekend Project: Get Your Open Source Media Center Groove On

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| This media player is targeted at home theater PCs, set-top boxes, and is a
| favorite of many Linux users. It runs the GStreamer media framework, so all
| the media formats supported by GStreamer play automatically.
| [...]
| Boxee is one of the more interesting open source media center projects I've
| seen. It's available in an alpha version, and you have to apply for an
| invitation to get it, but anyone can get it. I've used it in demo situations,
| and been very impressed with its slick interface, ability to mash up music
| and online video content, and how it works so well on HDTVs.


First look: boxee

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| boxee is based on XBMC, an open-source media player with versions available
| for Mac, Linux, Windows, and Xbox.


Boxee aims to shake up the home theater

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| Based on what it does now, Boxee has high potential. The media center that I
| spend the most time with is MythTV, which by comparison is a royal pain for
| all media types other than recorded television. Boxee would benefit from the
| addition of a search function, but already its local content browser and
| media player are stable and easy to use. Accessing Internet content directly
| from the media center is far better than dropping out just to use a
| specialized app like Miro.
| Ronen describes the goal of Boxee as providing the "truly connected
| experience," noting "it just doesn't make sense that your media center
| experience is going to be disconnected from the rest of your online social
| activities." On that point, he is entirely right -- media center software
| sorely needs to be taken out of appliance mode and made as interactive as
| every other activity on the Internet. Keep an eye on Boxee; as the code
| matures, it may just change what you expect out of media centers, and you may
| want drag a PC up to the television to give it a shot.


Weekend Project: Boxee, Part 2

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| I think Boxee is a great product. I have tried MythTV and some other media
| center products and I think Boxee has a good concept on their hands. It
| handles your collections of media very well and offers the possibility to
| share your activity with friends. Boxee may be the media center answer to
| Twitter.
| I intend to follow the Boxee team’s work and I look forward to the next
| release.


Boxee: linux version is available

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| [I]f you already received an invite then you’ll find links to download
| versions for Ubuntu 7.10 and 8.04. we figured that between Gutsy Gibbon and
| Hardy Heron we will cover most of the Ubuntu users out there.

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