Boxee is a media center software and/or hardware solution that allows you to place music, video’s and online content.
Boxee supports a wide range of multimedia formats and includes features such as playlists, audio visualizations, slideshows, weather forecasts reporting, and an expanding array of third-party plugins. As a media center, Boxee can play most audio and video file formats, as well as display images from many sources, including CD/DVD-ROM drives, USB flash drives, the Internet, and local area network shares.
Through the processing power of modern PC hardware, Boxee is able to decode high-definition video up to 1080p. Boxee is able to use Nvidia’s VDPAU on Linux-based operating-systems, and DXVA (DirectX Video Acceleration) on Windows Vista and newer Microsoft operating-systems to utilize GPU accelerated video decoding to assist with process of video decoding of high-definition videos.
With its Python plugin system, Boxee includes incorporated addon features such as Apple movie trailer support and subtitle downloading, on-demand video streaming services Netflix and VUDU, as well as online internet content channels like Jamendo, Last.fm, NPR, SHOUTcast internet audio plugins, ABC, BBC iPlayer, Blip.TV, CNET, CNN, CBS, Comedy Central, Joost, MTV Music (music videos), MySpaceTV, Revision3, YouTube, The WB Television Network internet video plugins, and Flickr and PicasaWeb picture viewing plugins. All are available as media sources available alongside the local library. Some of these are specialized connections to services (e.g., YouTube), while the rest are a preselected list of podcast channels for streaming using generic RSS web feeds (e.g., BBC News). Boxee also supported NBC Universal’s Hulu quite early on, but in February 2009, was asked by Hulu to remove the service at the request of Hulu’s content partners. Boxee later reinstated the feature using Hulu’s RSS feeds, but Hulu once again blocked access. – Wikipedia
The software is available for free on the Boxee website:
D-Link a Boxee hardware box to connect directly to your tv without a need for a computer: