Rockville, Md. - Hillcrest Labs, developer of the Loop air-mouse remote control, introduced Tuesday the latest version of its
At the same time, the company said it is running a half-price promotion on its Loop pointer remote.
The company introduced an initial version of the free Kylo browser for TV earlier this year, to bring PC and Mac users easy access to video content from across the Web for playback on connected TVs. But Hulu quickly blocked the browser from gaining access to its popular content.
The upgraded Kylo browser (Beta 0.7) is based on Mozilla's Firefox open-source code and offers a "compatibility mode" setting that gets around
blocking measures by making the browser appear to be a regular PC running a Firefox 3.6 browser.
"We know that one feature that is likely to attract attention is the capability for advanced users to configure the Kylo browser to access Hulu," said Dan Simpkins, Hillcrest CEO. "It remains our position that Kylo is simply a Web browser based on open-source Mozilla code, like Firefox. We fully respect the rights of content owners and aggregators, and as such, we do not deep link, re-index, divert users past ads, or overlay different user interfaces on video players. However, we believe consumers should be able to use the Kylo browser to visit any site on the Web on the display screen of their choice. Our hope is that a respectful dialog with Hulu will encourage them to consider changing their policies."
Kylo was designed to allow users to visit sites across the Web with a browser that was specifically designed to be viewed from a distance in the family room, living room or dorm room, Hillcrest said.
The latest version of the Kylo browser is available at
and includes a number of additional new product feature enhancements that enable users to launch Kylo from a plug-in created for Windows Media Center, hide Kylo's control bar and keyboard, configure Kylo's settings in order to access Web site pages designed for other hardware platforms, enjoy enhanced zooming, print from their TV and more, Hillcrest said.
Hillcrest said the Kylo browser is not meant to replace traditional browsers that are intended for use with standard computer display screens, but instead is for use on a television connected to a computer. Kylo permits free and open access to content from throughout the Web and is not a "walled garden" with aggregated video content.
Meanwhile, Hillcrest Labs is using the browser to drive sales for its companion product, the Loop pointer. The company said the Loop is now available for a $49 estimated street retail, half the normal price, through June 11 "in celebration of the new Kylo release."