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Boxee Beta Goes Public, Download Now

Boxee-BetaThe Boxee Beta is officially out.

The Beta is available for Mac, Windows and Ubuntu (including 64bit). The version is still not available for Apple TV, yet, but Boxee is working with the atv-creator community, and “look forward to having news on this front”.

The Beta has already been tested by tens of thousands of early access users on all different platforms. Hundreds of bugs have been addressed or noted and the developers are working to resolve these.

“We feel the version deserves the upgrade from Alpha grade to Beta grade, and we’re going to spend the next year improving it, so we can release 1.0 at CES next year,” they said.

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BBC launches iPlayer downloads for Mac, Linux

A few weeks later than we predicted, the BBC today introduced new iPlayer software that lets Mac and Linux users download shows to their computers for offline viewing, a feature enjoyed by Windows users since the launch of the service.

If you are in the UK and connected to the internet you can already play programmes from the past seven days and watch them on the website through Click to Play (streaming). This works on Windows, Macs, Linux, Nintendo Wii and iPhones.

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Future chance, future challenge for the Apple TV

Apple’s “hobby” the Apple TV has a chance at becoming a ubiquitous household item, though the company may need to add support for non-Apple media services and implement many new features if it seriously intends making an iPod-level impact on this important growing market.

The reason Apple has the chance is visible in the growing momentum behind development of solutions to bring online video to the front room – a sector becoming quickly more intense.

Online video on-demand services such as iTunes or Hulu are hot properties, meaning many more devices – including TVs offering features similar to the Apple TV – should begin to reach market en masse starting next year. And even if Apple does not develop such solutions there will still be winners and losers in the race to offer the ‘iPod’ equivalent of the multimedia for the front room box.

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Critical moment in UK digital TV switchover reached

A crucial stage of the switch from analogue to digital broadcasting has been reached, with the first stage of digital TV switchover completed in the Scottish Borders, Digital UK has confirmed.

Analogue BBC Two has been permanently turned off, and the full range of BBC channels is now being broadcast in digital from every TV transmitter in the region.

The remaining analogue TV services (BBC One, ITV1, Channel 4 and Five) will be permanently turned off in the region when the switchover process is completed on 20 November.

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Convert Flash video for your Mac or iPhone

Russian software developers Macvide have introduced their Flash to video conversion utility for Macs, called (appropriately enough) FlashVideo Converter 2.2.

The software allows easy conversion of Adobe Flash SWF and FLV files to video, exporting to myriad formats including MP4, MOV, 3GP and MPEG.

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BBC shows for iTunes Store France

BBC Worldwide has finally reached a deal which brings its rich trove of content to iTunes users in France, with shows from the broadcaster now made available through the French version of the media store.

This follows a similar move this time last month, when shows from the BBC were made available for purchase through the German version of the store.
 
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Netflix, Tivo team to drive Apple out the den

Tivo and Netflix have joined forces in another stab at keeping the Apple TV and iTunes out of the digital den.

The companies will give subscribers to both services the chance to stream thousands of movies and TV episodes from Netflix directly to the TV using TiVo Series3, TiVo HD, and HD XL digital video recorders.

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Softbank offers TV for the iPhone

Japanese iPhone users have a TV treat, with local mobile carrier Softbank’s introduction of a combined digital TV tuner-cum-recharger for iPhone users.

The move is similar to that which Elgato is said to be engaged in in to offer a means by which iPhone users can enjoy Freeview digital TV on their phone.

The 80-gram tuner provides TV over WiFi and doubles as a battery extender when plugged into the iPhone 3G’s dock connector, allowing three hours of continuous viewing. You watch TV using the free 1-Seg iPhone application.

Elgato developing Freeview reception for iPhone

Elgato is developing solutions to enable iPhone and iPod touch users to watch Freeview channels on their devices, a report claims.

Elgato is widely known by Mac users for its digital TV software which works with TV tuner cards to enable TV reception on the Apple platform. It also creates Freeview receivers for Macs.

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