Boxee iPad app coming soon

May 13, 2011

“Boxee is still all guns blazing in its keenness to get an iPad app out there, but it wants the product to be right before it hits the baying fanboys,” writes Paul Lamkin at

There will be two aspects to Boxee’s iPad app, reports Lamkin.

“One part is local file playback where you’ll need your computer running. But if you’re just cruising stuff on the web — like YouTube or Vimeo and things like that — you can view that directly on the iPad,” says Boxee VP of marketing Andrew Kippen, as quoted by Lamkin.

“We’re building media server software that can enable you to play content back from your computer, that transcodes any video you throw at it and sends it to your iPad and then, if you’ve got a Boxee Box, it’ll be able to send whatever you’re playing over to it,” Lamkin quotes Kippen as saying. “It will have your queue, so anything you’ve queued up to watch — you’ll be able to watch on the iPad. Anything that’s shared from your friends too. And you’ll be able to play your local content.”

Here’s a YouTube showing Avner Ronen, Boxee CEO, demonstrating a preliminary version of the Boxee iPad app at CES in January:

And here’s what Boxee says about the app on its blog: “We have been working the past few months on Boxee for iPad, and while it is not ready to launch we are giving people at the CES Show a sneak peek of the App. It enables you to access videos from your Watch Later list as well as from your Feed (stuff shared from Facebook/Twitter), and staying true to Boxee roots also enables you to stream videos directly to the iPad from your PC/Mac (without requiring you to sync). You can watch videos on the iPad using the new app, but it only takes one click to send that video to your D-Link/Iomega/ViewSonic Boxee device.”’s more recent conversation about the app with Boxee’s Andrew Kippen is here.

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