Netflix has hired Anthony Park. Now, normally I wouldn't bother writing a post to let you know that a media company has gone and hired a developer. But Anthony Park happens to be the guy who created MyNetflix, one of the first Windows Media Center plugins that allowed you to stream videos from the Netflix web site on your TV using Windows Vista MCE.
Park says he'll be working on a research team "to build the next generation of the Netflix user experience." What that means is he'll be helping develop the user interface for accessing the Netflix service on a variety of different devices. If Netflix develops software for the Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, or AppleTV, Park could be involved in developing the GUI.
Park says he also plans to continue developing MyNetflix on his own time.
[via Ian Dixon]
In order to use MceFM, you'll need to have a Last.fm account, but accounts are free, so that's easy. The plugin isn't much to look at. You can enter an artist name and MceFM will connect to Last.fm, find your music and set up a playlist.
One of the coolest features of this plugin is that you can find music similar to songs and artists already on your computer. Just locate a track in your music library and then click the More button on your remote (or hit the Ctrl+D keys on your keyboard to bring up the context menu and select More), and you can search Last.fm for similar music.
[via Ian Dixon]
- Yougle 0.4.0 automatically saves your data more frequently so you don't have to worry about losing your saved filters or other information in the event of a crash
- New content sources have been added
- Google Video has been removed from the list of sources, due to problems with playback
[via Ian Dixon]
All of the plugins have been updated to work with Windows Vista. You can also use Media Center RSS Reader and Media Center Mail on an media extender.
OABsoftware has also released a new Vista-compatible applications called Media Center Outlook. The plugin lets you access all your MS Outlook information including your calendar, contacts, tasks, notes, and emails.
[via Aaron Stebner]
The program is written in Media Center Markup Language, and looks like it should fit right in with the overall Media Center interface. There's basic 4-way navigation, but the new version also includes some 3D zooming, reflections and blurring.
There's also a nifty feature that lets you browse photos based on their geographic location. You can zoom in on a map of the earth to find photos from different areas.
It's amazing how much work people are willing to put into programs that help us be lazy.
The free plugin lets you:
- Add and remove titles from your queue
- Browse new releases, recommendations, genres, and collections
- Search for movies
- View movie details
- View similar titles
- View all editions available for a title
- Watch movie trailers
[via Chris Lanier's Blog]
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