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Written by Dick Ward   
Thursday, 12 November 2009

On December 7th Boxee is holding an event to preview its new Beta version software and will allow attendees early access.   The company has also announced that they’ve finally signed a partnership with an as of yet unnamed company to produce Boxee set-top boxes. Very little has been revealed about what the Boxee box will entail or cost, but mockups and further information will be revealed at the preview event next month.

Boxee states that this will be the first connected device to have access to the popular service, but also mentions that “his will be the first of several living room devices you'll see running Boxee in 2010.” The official Boxee blog echoes the sentiment. “The idea is to provide consumers with a way to get Boxee in their living rooms, no matter whether it’s on a Connected TV, game console, set-top box, Blu-ray player, or computer.”

Expect to see Boxee hitting hard in 2010, and don’t be entirely surprised if Boxee is next year’s Netflix.  Streaming video is still hot, and being able to watch Hulu, Revision3, and other internet based television channels on game consoles and Blu-ray players would.

Until now, Boxee has been in Alpha.  Software in Alpha phase is considered to be very early in development and may not be entirely functional, whereas Beta software is usually more stable and a lot closer to being ready for final release.  The new Beta version of Boxee will bring with it a new interface, improved navigation, a search function and a user controlled queue option.







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