Developers are invited to develop their own apps for Popbox using Syabas’s DAVID platform. Applications can be deployed through the Popbox app store.
Expected to ship in March for $129, Popbox will compete with products and services from the likes of Boxee, Clicker.com, Hulu, Yahoo Widgets, Windows Media Center, Roku, Tivo, Vudu, ZeeVee, and myriad others, including the very-high-end ADMS from Crestron.
New Content Partners for Popbox
BlipTV: Distributes 48,000 independently-produced Web shows
Clicker: An Internet TV guide that catalogs all broadcast programming online, along with TV-quality Web originals, making it easy to discover what’s available to watch (and what isn’t) online, where to watch it and what’s worth watching
Crunchyroll: An online video service and community that offers full-length episodes and movies of the very best in Japanese anime and Asian entertainment
Eyecon: Enables consumers to connect to their content and seamlessly route it to any compatible playback device in the home
FunSpot: A casual gaming service that offers everything from multiplayer board, arcade and card games to puzzles, strategy and quizzes
Internet Movie Database: (IMDB) A video search engine that supplies the metadata that integrates a consumer’s video collection with the corresponding movie’s artwork.
Internet Video Archive: The entertainment industry’s leading aggregator of movie and TV trailers, game previews and music videos. The channel features 500,000 unique video assets from over 1,200 content providers
Livestation: Live video streams of international news channels to give you more choice and perspective wherever you are.
MalaysiaKini: An independent media organization that streams Malaysian video news and views
Mediafly: An Internet service for managing digital media shows such as video and podcasts and downloading them to many types of devices
MetaChannels from Channels.com: A video aggregation and distribution service that enables device manufacturers and application developers to integrate the best shows on the Web into their product offerings
Netflix: The world’s largest online movie rental service, with more than 11 million subscribers
NextNewNetworks: Producer of online television networks that creates, packages, brands, markets and syndicates some of the Web’s most popular regularly scheduled and episodic programming
Photobucket: The premiere site on the Internet for uploading, sharing, linking and finding photos, videos and graphics
PicoChannel: A service that makes it easy for people to share their personal photos and videos with friends and family on connected TVs and picture frames
Swarmcast: Transforms the Internet into a reliable medium for distributing high-quality video enables content providers to engage global audiences through high-quality viewing experiences
Twitter: A free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables consumers to send and read messages up to 140 characters in length
Twonky: Streams music, photos and videos to compatible devices in the home
Waterfront Entertainment: Develops casual games for interactive TV, Web, mobile and emerging platforms
WeatherBug: The leading provider of weather information services that manages and operates a proprietary network of over 8,000 WeatherBug Tracking Stations
Additional partners already announced include:
CCTV: The largest media content and television programming producer in China
FrameChannel: Offers over 1000 RSS-based content widgets in 12 different languages including everything from sports scores, to stock quotes, weather and news, photos, status updates from your favorite social networks and more
Revision3: Creates and produces original programming for passionate, committed fans who want to watch shows about technology, movies, video games and music that entertain, educate and help to expand their life experiences
SHOUTcast: A radio directory that allows Popcorn Hour owners to access more than 32,000 professional and community programmed radio stations that span more than 30 genres of music, news, talk, public, community and world programming.
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