boxee releases new alpha version, adds Netflix
While most people were chowing down on turkey and stuffing last week, the boxee team was hard at work creating the next release of their Alpha. After surveying users last month, it was clear Netflix was their #1 demand so we got right to work. We're excited to say boxee users can now play, browse, and queue movies through our custom Netflix application.
We also wanted to highlight what developers can create for boxee so we've built several custom interfaces for CNN, Hulu, Flickr, Picasa, and YouTube. The full list of what's being released on Thursday morning includes the following major additions and improvements:
- Netflix* - browse, queue, and play streaming movies.
- TheWB - shows like Angel, Buffy, Firefly, The O.C., Smallville, and In Living Color
- The Boston Globe's Big Picture blog - amazing photos from around the world
- MTVMusic - songs/artists in your collection are now linked with music videos
- Hulu - enhanced UI with access to personal queues from Hulu.com
- YouTube - newly developed interface with improved browsing/playback as well as h264 support
- CNN, Flickr, Picasa - custom interfaces with improved browsing and playback
*NB - Netflix on AppleTV is not currently available. This is our #1 priority right now as we're working to overcome the hardware limitations of the AppleTV. We will post progress reports on the boxee blog.