Boxee and Apple TV

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We’ve been following Boxee (not Boxxy) since its public alpha debut last Summer. We were captivated by it. Who expected a project built off of code originally intended for hacked Xboxes would be shown on NBC’s Today Show? We’ve been promised internet connected set top boxes for years, but it seems like Boxee is here to stay for two solid reasons: 1. It’s free. 2. Major content providers have finally figured out how to publish online and Boxee supports them. You can replace your network television with on demand content from Hulu, ABC, and the like.

One of the most affordable platforms currently supported by Boxee is the Apple TV. Lifehacker has a guide for installing Boxee on an Apple TV. You prepare a USB flash drive that is then used to patch the stock firmware. Once installed you can take advantage fun features like downloading torrents directly to the box.

Comments

  1. nick says:

    I run this setup at home along with XBMC on the apple tv, it works great. I highly recommend looking into an apple tv if you are considering HTPC options.

  2. Sam says:

    The orange/reddish light shining through the interface may remind too many people of the red ring of death. ;)

  3. medix says:

    Have they fixed the playback problems (choppy video, etc) with hulu for apple tv? I was under the impression that the bugs weren’t quite worked out yet.. that may have only been for 720 or 1080 hd, but I can’t remember..

    other than that, works *great* on my macbook..

  4. Dan says:

    Sam: I woudln’t worry about that, you can always change the background

    Medix: I have an appletv with boxee and it works really well though it can get choppy with 720p videos. I don’t have any problems streaming content as of yet but overall its a really nice cheap solution.

    I wish it were quicker but its a hack so what are you going to do?

    The other option is get a mac mini and through boxee on it HD should run better with the faster CPU.

  5. xszolix says:

    Apple TV hahaha

    Check out this:
    http://rtd1261.wikidot.com/

    Media playback, recording, NAS, Samba, FTP server, Torrent. (Debian linux)

    I have a Mele HMC-3901. It cost about 150$ + 1 Tbyte HDD. It perfect for 720p videos.

  6. adamziegler says:

    a live cd with this installed might be something worth putting the time into.

  7. medix says:

    dan: that sounds like a great idea then.. especially since I don’t have anything that can re-produce 720p anyway (yet).. I tried running boxee on an old gateway (still a reasonably fast machine) and it was very choppy..

    xszolix: finally! something based on the *real* debian! When are people gonna learn that command line is the way to go when you really want to learn something?

  8. %9 nogga1982 says:

    http://emo-porn.com/boxxy-nudes/ check it lol you’ll love it if you love boxxy

  9. dubstep says:

    Have they fixed the playback problems (choppy video, etc) with hulu for apple tv? I was under the impression that the bugs weren’t quite worked out yet.. that may have only been for 720 or 1080 hd, but I can’t remember..

  10. Zossip says:

    Have they fixed the playback problems (choppy video, etc) with hulu for apple tv? I was under the impression that the bugs weren’t quite worked out yet.. that may have only been for 720 or 1080 hd, but I can’t remember..

  11. Pornerd says:

    Medix: I have an appletv with boxee and it works really well though it can get choppy with 720p videos. I don’t have any problems streaming content as of yet but overall its a really nice cheap solution.

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