End of the line for Boxee PC, Mac software
Editor ©RapidTVNews | 27-12-2011
Boxee has announced what it says will be the last software version of its online TV service for Boxee for PCs, Mac and Ubuntu.
Offering more details as to why the aforementioned PC and Mac lines will be discontinued, the company says that it believes that the future of TV will be driven by devices such as the Boxee Box, connected TVs, Blu-ray devices and second screen devices such as tablets and phones.
While it believes that there are still many users who have computers connected to their TVs, Boxee anticipates such use cases will decline as users find better alternatives. It adds that people will continue to watch a lot of video on their computer, but it is more likely to be a laptop than a home-theatre PC and probably through a browser rather than downloaded software.
Version 1.5 of Boxee is currently being tested by Boxee Box Early Access users and will soon be available in Beta. In the update, Boxee has added links to the standard menu to launch its browser and live TV once the required dongle is attached and the home menus now feature a menu that the makers say is now more accessible, popping up as an overlay that lets users navigate between different sections or search. Boxee also claims that search has been optimised to minimise the number of clicks and that the upgrade offers better file support, a new on screen display and better networking support
However, the company has admitted to a number of limitations. As a platform, it has been able to bring Boxee for Computers to about 85% of the Boxee Box in terms of features and functionality. Yet it conceded that due to “extensive DRM and certification requirements” some premium apps will not be available on the downloadable version of Boxee, most notably Netflix, VUDU, and Pandora.