BartsideeTV: Quickly Search for Videos in Boxee & XBMC

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<firstimage=””>boxee video searchQuickly search for the exact movie or show you’re looking for, Google-style, from the comfort of your Boxee or XBMC media center. Featuring sources from countries around the world, BartsideeTV can find content to stream in your area. Services like Boxee and XBMC are great, but the sheer amount of web content they can stream is sometimes overwhelming. You could spend hours searching for the show or movie you’re looking for if you keep clicking through pages.

BartsideeTV doesn’t completely solve this problem, but its search-based interface does make finding things easier. It currently offers videos from a variety of streaming sources, and it’s growing every day.

Using BartSideeTV

Using BartSideeTV really couldn’t be simpler. Just open the plugin and you’ll see a search interface. Start typing the show you want to watch and see the results:

boxee video search

If the result is a movie or individual episode, click it to watch. If the result is a show or folder, you can browse the videos inside:

boxee tv video

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Note that Hulu seems to be having some trouble lately, even if you’ve managed to get Hulu working in Boxee again. Hopefully another fix is on the way; feel free to point to one in the comments below. Having said that, Hulu is by no means the only service this supports.

Managing Sources

Before you can do anything with this service, you’ll need to add some sources. Head over to the settings and you can enable various things:

boxee video search

Once you add your sources of choice you’re ready to go!


A variety of different sources work with this, many of which will only work in particular countries. They are:

  • Hulu (not working on Boxee box)
  • BBC iPlayer (including HD and subtitle support)
  • Dutch channels ( sbs, uzg, nl24, tmf)
  • YouTube
  • svtplay (Swedish)
  • CBC (Canadian)
  • Navi-x (No script support)
  • ZDF and ARD (German)
  • AnimeFreak TV
  • Chinese TV

Of particular interest here are the results from NaviX, the must-have media browser add-on for XMBC and Boxee. With its easy access to search, BartSideeTV is the fastest way to quickly find something on NaviX.

More sources are on the way of course, so be sure to check out the “Settings” from time to time and see what’s new.


Ready to install this plugin and see how it works for yourself? Head over to the official BartSideeTV page for installation instructions for Boxee. It’s pretty simple: just add a repo and you’ll find the app waiting for you.

XBMC users will have to check this blog post for installation instructions, assuming they haven’t been added to the above link by the time you read this.


BartSideeTV clearly sees itself as being influenced by Google TV. The logo is so closely related, it might end up being sued. Having said that, the idea that searching for videos is faster than clicking through various menus is a solid one. I hope this project grows to take on a wide variety of sources.

What do you think? Is this a useful media center extension, or have you seen better? Leave your comments below!

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