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Boxee Announces New TED App
Works on Boxee Downloadable App and Upcoming Boxee Box
Allows TV-Like Browsing of 750+ TEDTalks Videos
NEW YORK, Oct. 5 — Boxee, a software company that marries web content to an intuitive TV-friendly interface, today announces the availability of a TED App for Boxee users, available now via Boxee’s free downloadable application and soon to be available to users of the Boxee Box by D-Link this November.
Using an elegantly simple interface developed by Boxee in collaboration with TED, users can browse and discover TED’s full database of nearly 800 informative, educational and inspiring TEDTalks. TED App users can browse TEDTalks using a mouse or the soon to be released Boxee remote, for a simple, television-like viewing experience.
Users can watch what’s new or browse TEDTalks by themes — such as Tales of Invention, A Greener Future, What’s Next in Tech, Master Storytellers — or by topic tags, such as Technology, Biology, Economics, Brain, Art. They can also choose talks based on length. Or they can simply hit the “Surprise Me” button, and discover a talk serendipitously.
“TED’s mission is to spread ideas, and the Boxee TED App brings TEDTalks into the living room in a really effective new way,” said June Cohen, Executive Producer of TED Media. “This collaboration with Boxee has allowed us to design, for the first time, a ’10-foot experience’ of watching TEDTalks. We think viewers are going to love the new navigation model, whether they’re using their mouse or the new Boxee remote.”
“TED is the quintessential example of the kind of web-only content that should be on TV,” says Avner Ronen, CEO & co-founder of Boxee. “We’re proud to be partnered with TED to help bring the amazing stories and ideas they share to the best screen in the house.”
The TED App is part of a suite of informative apps available on Boxee, including NPR, NASA, FORA.tv, Open Courseware that complement Boxee’s extensive library of 40,000 TV Show episodes and over 5,000 movies.
The app is available today via the App Library on Boxee’s free, downloadable software.
Boxee is changing the way people experience home entertainment by bringing TV shows, movies, videos, and music from the Internet to the TV. Boxee’s free software can be easily downloaded to any computer or embedded into TVs, Blu-Ray players, game consoles, and set top boxes. Boxee has quickly established itself as the best way to bring entertainment from different sources into one place – anything from a local collection of movies, TV shows, music, and photos, to streaming content from websites like Netflix, MLB.TV, Pandora, Last.fm, and flickr. Users can also discover new entertainment from their friends and share recommendations with social networks like Facebook and Twitter. More than a million people use Boxee to enjoy their entertainment. Learn how you can join them at www.boxee.tv.
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in the UK.
TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.