Nathan Betzen

Nathan Betzen

XBMC 13 Will Introduce Video Hardware Decoding for Android

The XBMC development team, through Nathan Betzen, announced a few days ago that the seventh Alpha release of the upcoming XBMC 13 media center application was made available for download and testing. Finally, hardware decoding of video has arrived on the XBMC app for Android devices ...

XBMC and TuneIn coming to Ouya

The XBMC team was positive about the deal, with its Community Manager's Nathan Betzen saying, "Maybe it was inevitable. Maybe it was because of the hundreds, if not thousands, of demands on Twitter, in blogs, on Facebook, in Reddit, and in Kickstarter comments. Maybe it's because many of ...

15 thought-provoking VB guest posts you probably missed in 2013

For the first time in a long tech career, I’m starting to think they have a point.” Read more… By Nathan Betzen, XBMC community manager: “For a long time, many of us at XBMC were big fans of Boxee. The company led the good fight against content providers on behalf of consumers. Boxee ...

VentureBeat R.I.P. Boxee: 3 lessons to learn from Boxee’s ...

Nathan Betzen is XBMC project and community manager. The post below originally appeared on It appears that Boxee was recently acquired by Samsung, after its attempt to get another round of venture funding went poorly. This is fairly significant news in the XBMC world, even if ...

XBMC on Android may soon be coming to a set-top box near you

Nathan Betzen, a project and community manager on XBMC, noted that it's common to see someone watching a video on their 5-inch smartphone tablet, so "the two use cases appear to be any reasonably sized phone or tablet, plus all the many small form-factor ARM boxes. " Fields added that ...

XBMC at SCALE 2014 (Plus Google On Air Hangout)

By Nathan Betzen

Posted By: Nathan Betzen on Feb 18, 2014 in Site News Greetings XBMC users in the southern California region! We’d like to take this time to formally invite you to come visit us at our booth at the Southern California Linux Expo this Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 22nd-23rd) at the Hilton ...

A Little Community Growth

By Nathan Betzen

Posted By: Nathan Betzen on Apr 21, 2014 in Site News In this post we aren’t announcing anything or releasing anything or even providing how-to guides. Instead, in honor of our 75,000th fan on Facebook, I’d just like to take a step back and consider the past few years of XBMC ...

Introducting XBMC 14 – The Hoff

By Nathan Betzen

Posted By: Nathan Betzen on Apr 01, 2014 in Site News Amid all this news of the XBMC 13 release (Just now hitting Beta 3 ), we have some developers who are beginning to submit features for the upcoming XBMC 14, which, of course, means we finally need to settle down and pick a code ...

XBMC 13.0 Gotham – Beta 3 Returns

By Nathan Betzen

Posted By: Nathan Betzen on Mar 31, 2014 in Site News Once again with Beta 3 we are looking at almost entirely fixes rather than features. Still, many of those fixes are worth mentioning in an abbreviated change log, and at least one is worth bringing up by name. Ever since the ...

XBMC 13.0 Gotham – The Beta 2 We Deserve

By Nathan Betzen

Posted By: Nathan Betzen on Mar 17, 2014 in Site News It’s been a mere 13 days since beta 1 came out, and already we’re ready for beta 2. This is almost entirely a “fix” beta release, meaning no new features, only a more rock solid foundation. Still, many of those fixes are worth ...

XBMC 13 – Gotham – August Cycle

By Nathan Betzen

Posted By: Nathan Betzen on Sep 05, 2013 in Site News For those keeping track, we’ve just completed alpha #7 in the August cycle, which includes two absolutely massive new features: Stereoscopic 3D support and Android Hardware video decoding. As always, the monthly alpha build is ...

XBMC 13 -Gotham – June and July Cycles

By Nathan Betzen

Posted By: Nathan Betzen on Aug 05, 2013 in Site News As has been the case for a few months now, for those who just can’t wait for a write-up about the newest alpha but tend to steer clear of the bleeding edge of nightlies, the new build should typically be available on the 1st of the ...

XBMC up and running on the OUYA game console

The video was spotted on reddit and comes by way of a developer named Nathan Betzen. Nathan is part of the XBMC team and notes that his console came by way of OUYA, hence him having the clear developer unit. Perhaps more important though, he has said that this video shows the OUYA ...

Server Issues: Solved

Posted By: Nathan Betzen on Dec 16, 2013 in Site News We are pleased to announce that the XBMC download and addon servers are back up and running. We’ve switched over to some newer, faster hardware, and after a few hiccups, it appears the problems that have been hounding us for the ...

Server Issues

Posted By: Nathan Betzen on Dec 12, 2013 in Site News If you’ve tried to download XBMC, update an addon, or download a new addon over the past few days, you may have noticed that our servers have been behaving poorly. Let me begin by assuring you that we believe we have tracked down ...

XBMC app arrives in the OUYA store

That build was being shown on a developer unit OUYA and came by way of Nathan Betzen, who is part of the XBMC team. Well, flash forward till today and it looks like installing XBMC on your OUYA has gotten just a bit easier. That is based on the bit about it no longer needing to be ...

The New XBMC Website Look

By Nathan Betzen

Posted By: Nathan Betzen on Jul 04, 2013 in Site News After quite a lot of hard work, we are very excited to present to everyone the new and improved look for (as well as a very necessary WordPress update). In particular, thanks go to Zag and Da-anda for their major ...

Making Subtitle Search Better

By Nathan Betzen

Posted By: Nathan Betzen on Nov 15, 2013 in Site News We’d like to take a minute to quickly announce that we’ve dramatically changed the way subtitle search works under the hood in XBMC. In XBMC 12.2, all subtitle search services are part of a single piece of code that comes in the ...

XBMC Server Update, SCALE, and Other Notes

Cory Fields (theuni), Keith Herrington (keith), Ned Scott (nedscott), and Nathan Betzen (natethomas) will be manning the booth, where we plan on having some awesome, never before seen XBMC swag. Additionally, Nathan will be giving a talk on growing online software communities at ...

Ouya Console Demonstrated Running XBMC

Developer Nathan Betzen, who made the video demonstrating XBMC on the NVIDIA Tegra 3 powered OUYA, repeatedly mentions how impressed he is with the mini console’s overall performance during his video testing. The only real performance issue encountered by Betzen was dropped frames ...

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