Boxee Review - Winner of the parrott awards Application of the Year.
A couple of years back my application of the year was Spotify. This year it is Boxee. The reasons are quite simple. Firstly, it works and is cross platform. Secondly it works...oh...hang on.
On top of these obvious points there is the following:
- The usability is really well thought out and it feels nice to use - really nice. I use my mac remote but you can also use your iPhone and more. I also use my bluetooth keyboard from time to time.
- Combines both your local media and your online media into one easy to use package. I can watch a video from my hard drive and then watch a youtube video from online seemlessly
- Allows you to access all online video media from Vimeo, You Tube, Blip and much more
- Allows you to watch online editions of TV shows on the major networks (so instead of visiting ABC or CTV online to watch shows you can do it through Boxee).
- I can share items with other friends using boxee and they will have it appear on their boxee as something I recommended to watch
- It handles video, photos and music from your local machine and can handle online video, pandora and much more. Of course a lot of this is dependant on the Country you live in. There are ways around the IP address thing but I don't want to give it away here.
As an evolution of the XBMC it has come a long way and I can see this being the future of integrated television. There is a D-Link hardware box coming out to support it and I will buy it when it does. CUrrently I stream all my media from an Airport Extreme with hard drives plugged into it. Then I plug my laptop into the T.V and use Boxee on that.
I know that Google TV is coming soon and it purports to do similar but Boxee accesses my local media as well as online. I am not sure if Google TV will do that initially at least.
So - it's free and available on PC, Mac and Linux so if nothing else go have a play.