Chances are your digital life is strewn across more places than Dick Cheney has houses. mp3s on your computer, iPod, and phone, pictures on your phone, camera, and on Facebook, MySpace or Flickr – you’ve got more dignity than Photobucket, please tell me you do. and you’ve got DVDs, TiVo’d shows, and movies you’ve downloaded off the net. It’s about time all your media came into the same place.
Over the past year we’ve watched as mainstream movies and TV Shows have migrated onto the web – from Battlestar Galactica to Desperate Housewives – at ABC.com, Hulu.com, CBS.com, and TV.com in addition to all the video content at YouTube. Well 2009 is all about bringing that content from the web back to the TV via software like boxee, XBMC, Plex, Microsoft Media Center and devices likes Popcorn Hour, ZVbox, Sezmi and Neuroslink.
While all of these present a lot of opportunity, the one that’s been getting a lot of press recently is boxee. I should tell you, it’s my job to get press for boxee. But I thought why should that stop you from reading about it. boxee is free software for all flavors of computer and AppleTV that gives you a unified interface to access all your media with a remote. No more switching between devices, programs, and websites to listen to your music, watch movies, or see photos. While the software is still in it’s infancy [Alpha], it’s robust enough to enable this.
Imagine the end of a long day. You’ve spent hours in front a computer sending email, drawing in Illustrator, designing in AutoCAD, or mixing in Pro Tools. You come home and you need some levity, some How I Met Your Mother so you plop down on the couch, turn on your TV and using a remote click through to CBS.com. With a few more clicks you’re streaming the latest episode of Ted, Barney, Lilly, Marshall, and Robin for free onto your TV. You didn’t have to remember to save it on your Tivo, nor did you have to erase anything to make room for it on your hard drive.
This could be you! Actually no that’s Boxee’s CEO Avner Ronen
Hundreds of thousands of people experience this every night using their computer (laptops and desktops) and a $15 cord or an AppleTV. It’s turning the TV and entertainment industry on their head much like ’99 did for the music industry. The best things in life should be free (love, tv, boxee). Want to know how to set this up in your crib – shoot me a line and tell me what kind of computer and TV you’ve got. And sign up for boxee at boxee.tv
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