MyMovies 4 is out

Posted in HTPC,Software by Ruslan Ulanov on the May 6th, 2011

It is with great pleasure that we today can write that we have released My Movies for Windows Media Center and My Movies Collection Management 4.00, which brings extended TV Series support to My Movies.

The long awaited support for TV Series is finally out and as usual the main functionality is provided free of charge, with some advanced features requiring points to unlock. You can request a 21-day trial to experience the complete functionality of MyMovies on the website.

For complete feature presentation of the new release see this link.

The Pre Release of My Movies 4 is now available

Posted in HTPC,News,Software by Ruslan Ulanov on the March 1st, 2011

If you are lucky to have 2500 points in your My Movies account, you can download and try the next major release of My Movies 4.

Below are a few highlights from the Release Notes.

TV Series support

My Movies 4 brings extended TV Series support to My Movies for Windows Media Center and My Movies Collection Management. You have with My Movies 3 always been able to add TV Series on DVD, Blu-ray or HD DVD to your collection, and users of TV series in online single file structures have been able to have their TV series supported to some extend by using the Series/Box set functionality along with the option to add multiple discs to a disc title profile.

With My Movies 4, we are extending this functionality to what some will refer to as proper TV series import, monitoring, management and browsing. The pre release is intended for users who would like to participate in reviewing, testing and giving us feedback for My Movies 4. The pre release requires 2,500 points or a licensed installer license file to participate – this is done to limit the amount of participating users to a level that we are able to handle support wise.

The functionality implemented for TV series is similar in requirements to what was originally created in XBMC, and today is used in various projects.

Media Center Start Menu Changes

My Movies 4 menu strip

Both Windows Vista and Windows 7 is currently supported by My Movies 4, however some functionalities are only available in Windows 7, such as the extended configuration options for the start menu.

There are changes in the Windows 7 SDK for Windows Media Center that we currently do not make use of, but consider making use of. Due to this, we are also considering if we whould make My Movies 4 a product exclusively for Windows 7, and deprecate support for Windows Vista.

This is something we would like to hear your thoughts of on our forums. (continue reading this article and leave comments here…)

The Boxee Box by D-Link hits Amazon

Posted in Deals,Hardware,HTPC by Ruslan Ulanov on the September 16th, 2010

Boxee logo After a very long wait after the official announcement all the way back in December of last year The Boxee Box by D-Link is finally available for pre-order on Amazon.com for $199.99.

Just in case you were living deep in the forest for the last few months and missed the announcement here’s the skinny on The Boxee Box:

  • It runs the free open-source software that was in the epicenter of the heated debates with Hulu in the winter of 2010.
  • It brings all your favorite TV shows & movies from the Internet or your hard drive onto your TV – no PC needed. You’ll never run out of things to watch (and listen to) as Boxee gives people movies, TV shows, music and photos, as well as streaming content from websites like Netflix, MLB.TV, Comedy Central, Pandora, Last.fm, and flickr.
  • With the Boxee Box you never need to “surf the Web” on your TV, instead you just use your remote control to pick and choose the best digital entertainment. No keyboard required.
  • The Boxee Box plays any non-DRM media. If you can create it, Boxee will play it.
  • Connecting the Boxee Box to your HDTV is as easy as hooking up a DVD player.
  • The backside of the remote features a full keyboard to make it easier to interact with your TV — say goodbye to hunting and pecking for letters on-screen!
  • Boxee makes it easy for friends to share their favorite movies, TV Shows, and songs with each other, on Boxee or on social networks like Facebook and Twitter.
  • It has a very weird shape (see the photos below).
  • And YES, you can tweet from it. :*)

The specs at a glance: (continue reading this article and leave comments here…)