Boxee Update Now Plays Hulu

The latest alpha release of boxee, released today, has added support for streaming shows from Hulu and CBS. In fact, I’m watching the season opener of Heroes on my Apple TV right now. Very cool stuff.

If you haven’t seen it yet, boxee installs on your Apple TV (via the patchstick method) and adds a new item to the main menu to access the boxee software. Once you launch boxee, it takes over the interface and allows you to select from different sources. When you’re done, you can exit back to the regular AppleTV interface.

Internet video isn’t as smooth on the Apple TV as it is going to hulu.com on my MacBook, despite sharing the same internet connection. I assume that the alpha release still has some work to be done on it. Still, I’m pretty excited about the possibilities that this latest release hints at.

Besides Hulu, you can also bring in content from Flickr, Last.fm, Picasa, SHOUTcast, YouTube and other Internet sources. Besides Internet video, you can also pick up content from network sources. I have some DVD rips (home movies, of course) stored on my home-built Solaris file server that play perfectly with menus and everything. I’m using wi-fi and even 7GB .ISO files work great.

boxee 0.9.3935 adds the following features…

  • streaming TV shows, movies and clips from Hulu, CBS, Comedy Central and MySpaceTV
  • major changes to the UI
  • web interface to adding RSS feeds
  • improved performance

You need to have an alpha test account with boxee to get started, which you can sign up for at boxee.tv. The developers have promised to send out 10,000 more invites today in honor of the new release. If you don’t receive an email invite, try sending a tweet to @boxee and asking politely.

If you already have boxee installed on your Apple TV, just select “update” from the menu. You can download the new Mac client from the web site as well.

While the software is still a bit rough in some spots, the adventurous among you will enjoy checking this out.

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