Boxee iPad app works standalone or with Boxee Box

Last updated Aug 9, 2011 — 7149 views

Boxee has finally released an iPad app. Although it lacks some bells and whistles, such as Boxee Box remote control capabilities, the initial version of the free “Boxee for iPad” app is already a real winner!

Boxee for iPad overview

Boxee for iPad is beneficial to Boxee users, with or without a Boxee Box. It’s also useful as a standalone app for those iPad users who’ve never used Boxee, since it’s fully capable of playing a wide range of video content streamed from multiple sources, both local and remote.

In its current state, the Boxee for iPad app lets you play videos directly on the iPad, streamed from local or remote sources. You can also transfer them from your iPad to a running Boxee Box, where they instantly begin to play the big screen.

Boxee for iPad provides four content channels
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As seen in the above screenshot, Boxee for iPad provides four video stream channels:

  • Friends — videos shared by your friends on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr
  • Watch Later — videos you add to your personal Boxee playlist from your PC or Mac, using the Watch Later bookmarklet
  • Featured — a continually updated feed of videos selected by Boxee’s editorial staff
  • My Media — videos streamed from a Mac or Windows PC on your home LAN

Check out the first set of screenshots below, for a sense of how Boxee for iPad works.

Boxee Media Manager

To enable the Boxee for iPad app to play videos streamed “in almost any format” from Macs and Windows PCs, Boxee has also just released a free, lightweight, media server app for users to install on their desktop systems. “No need to hours converting and syncing videos to your iPad,” says Boxee.

This new Boxee Media Manager supports Windows 7, Vista, and XP, and OS X 10.5 and later, but notably lacks support for Linux PCs.

Incidentally, you only need to install the media manager app if you want to stream videos from your Mac or Windows PC. Otherwise, Boxee for iPad works fine standalone, thanks to its Friends, Watch Later, and Featured content channels. To begin building your Watch Later playlist, all you need to do is install the Watch Later bookmarklet in your desktop or laptop system’s web browser and use it to add videos to your queue.

Further details on the Boxee Media Manager are on Boxee’s zendesk support site.

Updated Watch Later bookmarklet

As another part of today’s multipronged release, Boxee has updated the Watch Later bookmarklet for Windows, Linux, OS X, and iOS systems and devices. So, whether you’re a Boxee guru or newbie, be sure to grab the latest bookmarklet here.

These screenshots show the new Watch Later bookmarklet in action on an iPad 2:

Using the Watch Later bookmarklet on an iPad 2
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Although it’s not listed, we couldn’t resist attempting to install the new Watch Later bookmarklet on the Android Browser of our Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet running Android 3.1 (aka “honeycomb”). Guess what? It works!

Using the Watch Later bookmarklet on a Galaxy Tab 10.1
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For more on installing the Watch Later bookmarklet on Android, check out the second set of screenshots, below.

Boxee Box v1.2 update

As though the introduction of the first Boxee iPad app, a lightweight Windows/Mac media server, and an updated bookmarklet weren’t enough, Boxee also released a new version of firmware for the D-Link Boxee Box today.

The Boxee v1.2 update, which began arriving on Boxee Boxes this morning, includes the following new features and enhancements, according to Boxee:

  • Filtering premium sources in the library such as Vudu, HBO Go, etc.
  • New “Featured Apps” section
  • Updated App categories
  • NFS and AFP support (and improved SMB/CIFS support)
  • Improved HTML5 support in the browser
  • Support for OS X Lion as a source for video files
  • Option to receive “Beta Releases” of the firmware

More details on the Boxee Box firmware update may be found in the Boxee Box v1.2 Release Notes.

Screenshots, part 1: Using the Boxee for iPad app

These screenshots demonstrate many of the features of the Boxee for iPad app:

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Screenshots, part 2: Using the Watch Later bookmarklet on Android

These screenshots show the process of installing a Watch Later bookmarklet on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 running Android 3.1 (honeycomb) along with Samsung’s August 2011 firmware update:

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Installing and using the Watch Later applet on Android 3.1
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Further information

Boxee’s free Boxee for iPad app is available from Apple’s app store, here, while the Boxee Media Manager companion lightweight server app for Windows PCs and Macs is available for free public download here. The updated Boxee Watch Later bookmarklet can be found here.

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