The team explained: “We just found out that Hulu blocked the Boxee browser from accessing the Hulu site. However, since then the Boxee people have managed to get these Hulu feeds 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.”
Media fans be aware: the hard-working Boxee team have issued a fresh statement on their dealings with Hulu (which led to removal of support for the video service from Boxee), and also shipped an al-new alpha version of the software, equipped with an auto-update feature and “App Box” (Boxee’s version of the App Store), AND an RSS reader optimized for video feeds (including Hulu, Google Video, YouTube, and many others).
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.
Facing intensified competition in the UK market, Apple’s iTunes Store is offering a range of special free downloads for customers this Christmas.
The iTunes Store will offer a free download every day for twelve days as part of the 12 Days of Christmas promotion. The first download will be available on Boxing Day and then every day afterwards until January 6, 2009.
Apple promises these downloads will include rare singles, exclusive live tracks, free music videos from some of the biggest artists in the world plus classic TV episodes you won’t want to miss. “A great way to start filling the iPod you received for Christmas,” a company representative said.
The BBC is serious about attempting to deploy its iPlayer video-on-demand technology as an industry standard, announcing new partnerships with ITV and BT, “to promote a common industry approach and consumer offer to deliver on-demand TV over broadband.”
Such a pan-industry approach may in future pit the BBC and partners against other existing online TV solutions, including iTunes in the UK and similar services elsewhere.
The BBC, Channel 4 and ITV had been working together to establish Project Kangaroo as a one-stop shop for TV show streaming and downloads from the broadcasters. However, in a decision revealed this month UK competition regulators nixed these plans on fears they would stifle competition in the UK market.
iPlayer’s nice and you can purchase TV shows from iTunes, but what about live TV? Mobile TV on iPhone may one day move from promise to reality, with news now from LiveStation who are developing a solution to let you watch TV news from numerous providers using the Apple mobile. Here’s a demo led by company CEO, Matteo Berlucci.
The BBC Trust has refused permission for the BBC to introduce its own local video service to cover local events in 60 parts of the UK, arguing that it wouldn’t be beneficial enough for the public and that it would have a “negative impact on commercial media”.
Sir Michael Lyons, Chairman of the BBC Trust, said: “It is clear from the evidence that, although licence fee payers want better regional and local services from the BBC, this proposal is unlikely to achieve what they want.