updated 11:35 pm EDT, Tue March 24, 2009
Boxee takes on Hulu again
The international team of developers working on Boxee are gathered in New York and to celebrate, a new version of the Boxee alpha has been released with additional content. The move also brings another round in Boxee's battle with Hulu. Boxee's new XUL-based browser framework imitates Mozilla's Firefox and makes it harder for Hulu to block access to Boxee users by preventing a simple ban; any block of Boxee's video feed would block Hulu's as well.
The two companies have been battling back and forth for weeks over Boxee's ability to display Hulu content within its media browser. Hulu has argued that it reluctantly has been told by its parents NBC and Fox that it can't allow web video to play on TVs, while Boxee has contended that its Hulu feed preserves ads and still generates revenue for studios.
The company also announced a "more robust" API and additional content, including Pandora and programming from PBS. RadioTime, which allows users to stream thousands of terrestrial radio stations, has also been added. Boxee plans to one day license its open-source browser for use in video players, set-top boxes and other gadgets. Boxee has already been hacked for use on the Apple TV and currently supports Linux as well as Mac systems.