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UPDATE (9am ET, March 7th):
hulu is back working. over the weekend we will make an update to the user interface that will show a status message indicating whether Hulu is currently working or not.
general — avner ronen on March 6, 2009 @ 6:20 pm
we just found out that Hulu blocked the boxee browser from accessing the Hulu site. this is a disappointing development since their RSS feeds are publicly available, and our browser, while optimized for a great 10 ft video experience, is no different in how it accesses this content than Internet Explorer, Firefox, Flock, Opera or any of the other browsers out there.
to our users: if you choose to use boxee as your media browser to view legal and publicly available content on the internet, we will do everything we can to ensure that you can access it, no matter what the source.
we’ll keep you updated as things happen here and via twitter (@boxee). and while some of the best things in life are free, sometimes you have to work hard to get them…
[if you’re in NYC on March 24th then you should come to the boxee meetup. we will release a new alpha version during the event and share some concrete plans for the beta.]
*** My first impressions in using this release are very good indeed, here they are. *** (Update to original Post)
- App Box - what a great idea you guys are phenomenal.
- Background Image Folder - Allowing the use of your own background images is great.
- Erase Library button - Neat feature in order to rebuild my movie collection thumbnails.
- Credits - Great way to thank the talent behind this great application.
- Pause video when exiting the play back screen, great for navigating without having to worry about something playing in the background.
- HULU Feed - Not working as of this morning; unless somebody can tell me otherwise I believe HULU is blocking the feed again.
- No Netflix support yet...
- No ABC support yet
- No FOX support yet
- Want a way to choose the site used for covert art downloads. I don't like to see my cover art in a foreign language
- Want a way to view the movies and music collections by Genre.
Overall I am extremely pleased with this release and very excited about what the future development of Boxee may hold in store for end users like me. Keep up the good work and kudos for re-engineering the way we watch television. I am betting on you guys to revolutionize the whole industry as more and more people get to know about your program.