OTT Specialist, Boxee, Launches Movie Library

--Launch Partners are EZTakes, Indie Movies Online, MUBI and Openfilm

In a posting on the company's blog, Wednesday, OTT specialist Boxee's VP of marketing, Andrew Kippen, revealed that Boxee has begun "adding the foundations of a new Movie Library" that will complement a TV Show Library that it rolled out in January as part of its Boxee Beta launch (note: the TV Show Library is designed to allow Boxee users to browse and search for full-length TV shows from major networks across the Web).

The new Boxee Movie Library--which Kippen conceded is "still a little rough around the edges"--lists thousands of films from its four launch partners: EZTakes, Indie Movies Online, MUBI and Openfilm: EZTakes specializes in art-house, indie, classic and cult films, and, according to Kippen, has a library that "contains nearly a thousand ad-supported titles ripe for the picking that you can watch on Boxee or virtually any computer, smart phone or portable video player." Indie Movies Online, which launched in June, 2009, specializes in independent films, documentaries and shorts, and, according to Kippen, is "known for its fierce movie reviews and behind-the-scenes editorials of all the top box-office hits (and flops)." It provides free access "anywhere on the globe to hundreds of movies," Kippen added. MUBI, according to Kippen, is "a social network that can let you find a visual gem that will definitely not be released in the local multiplex, and allows you to [for example] find a girl in Tokyo who loves Kubrick" (note: in order to access MUBI on Boxee, users need to pair their accounts). And Openfilm, according to Kippen, is an "online community where filmmakers and film lovers around the globe discover and distribute independent film," and features "unique technology, live online chats, [a] social network, [an] extensive film festival database, unique member channels, and [an] Advisory Board, which includes James Caan, Robert Duvall, Mark Rydell and Scott Caan."

Most of the movies in the new Movie Library are ad-supported and available for free. Users can explore each service's catalog individually by using a "filter by provider" option on the Movie Library sidebar. According to Kippen, the Movie Library is designed to make it easy to find, queue and watch movies, and, in the future, will "include movies from additional online movie services and directly from studios."

Boxee has also released a new version of Boxee Beta, which it bills as offering over 100 bug fixes. "Versions for Mac, Windows, and Linux are available now while the Apple TV version will be updated next week (we're getting to it as quickly as we can!)," Kippen wrote.

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