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Given the sometimes contentious public relationship between the two companies, we were curious to find out what Boxee CEO Avner Ronen thought of Hulu‘s recent launch of its desktop app. Sure, we read his response via Boxee’s corporate blog — but what did Ronen and Co. […]

Given the sometimes contentious public relationship between the two companies, we were curious to find out what Boxee CEO Avner Ronen thought of Hulu‘s recent launch of its desktop app. Sure, we read his response via Boxee’s corporate blog — but what did Ronen and Co. really think?

We cornered Ronen at the Connections Conference to find out what kind of fist-shaking went through Boxee HQ the day Hulu broke the news. Ronen is not one to shy away from public debate, but his attitude was downright congenial towards Hulu during our talk.

While Ronen was surprised by Hulu’s move, he said it was a good surprise since it basically validates the lean-back experience Boxee has been working on; and if Hulu has bought into the 10-foot browsing, maybe other media companies will, too. Ronen holds out hope the two can mend fences. (Hopefully, he’s not holding his breath.) Check out Ronen’s full thoughts on Hulu’s desktop app in the video below, as well as the new TV-friendly browser YouTube launched this week.

  1. [...] or not Hulu would come back to Boxee. Even Avner Ronen, CEO of Boxee sounded hopeful in his quick interview with NewTeeVee. I on the other hand, think all of you are nuts. Hulu is not (officially) available on your TV [...]

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  2. [...] Even Avner Ronen, CEO of Boxee sounded hopeful in his swift interview with NewTeeVee. [...]

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  3. Would be great to see these guys play nice together.. No reason they can’t be friends. It’s time these people started embracing what each one of them brings to the table.

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  4. [...] Avner Ronen, CEO of Boxee measured anticipative in his quick discourse with NewTeeVee. I on the another hand, conceive every of you are nuts. Hulu is not (officially) acquirable on [...]

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  5. I could only watch the first 17 seconds of this video, I tried multiple times to watch it in full but it’s not working properly. Just thought I would share that information.

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  6. [...] had been the number one type of content that Boxee users watched. Over at NewTeeVee, you can watch a video interview with Boxee CEO Avner Ronen, where he discusses the release of Hulu’s competitive application. He holds out hope that [...]

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  7. [...] Malik | Friday, June 5, 2009 | 11:13 AM PT | 0 comments Chris Albrecht over on NewTeeVee has a video interview with Boxee CEO Avner Ronen thought of Hulu’s recent launch of its desktop app. He also talks [...]

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  8. Chris Albrecht Friday, June 5, 2009

    @Jeremy,

    I’m not having that problem either on our site or at Blip. Can you try watching it here http://blip.tv/file/2197959 and see if you’re having the same issue?

    Thanks

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  10. [...] Chris Albrecht over on NewTeeVee has a video interview with Boxee CEO Avner Ronen thought of Hulu’s recent launch of its desktop app. He also talks about the new TV-friendly browser YouTube launched this week. Also check out my post about why Hulu doesn’t quite much care about Boxee. [...]

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