It was quite a disappoint for everybody that Boxee Box 1.1 software landed without even featuring iPad functionality? Well, the same thing was going on in our minds and we couldn’t stop considering it as a big fiasco. So we went over the call with Boxee’s VP of marketing, who is Andrew Kippen, to really check on to their deals.
We were elated to hear that Boxee is still fancying to get an iPad app launched over it under one situation and that’s to choose the right product before it hits the awaiting fans.
“We actually had the iPad app, front end, that was up and running at CES and we even demonstrated it there. Kippen further explained “We did get loads of positive feedback, so once the show was over, we went back and re vamped the app in a far better way”
“We are almost done with the front end and we’ve also been very busy designing the back end. Even, we wanted to launch it with this 1.1 update but there was loads of other stuff to be done, so we thought to drag it back and release it later”
When we actually quizzed this guy to let us know about the exact launching date of this application, he went baffled.
He said “We’ve got no such time limit by now, there is always something going on with other things and you don’t work on a single unit, especially keeping in mind that we are standing at the whims of the App store as to when we wil be able to release”
“Hopefully, we will finish up with this iPad thingy very shortly”
So what about the app itself? Would it be a stand alone app for non Boxee Box users or will it be a way out for Boxee device owners to stream contents to their T.V from their tabs? The answer to this question, seems, both.”Actually, there are two different aspects” explained by Kippen.
“First up, it is a local file playback where you’ll need your computer running. But that’s another thing if you’re just cruising stuff on the web – Like, you can take Youtube and Vemo as an example, you can view contents directly from your iPad”
“We have also been very busy building up media server software that will let you play content back from your computer, it would also be transcoding any video that you’ll throw in and delivers it to your iPad and then while having a Boxee box, it’ll be able to send whatever is being played over it”
“It will be having your queue, so if you’ve anything queued up to watch, you can on to your iPad. Here, we mean anything that is being shared from your friends too. Also, you will be provided an opportunity to play your local content”
“We had something innovative going on in our minds, we actually wanted to make something that would stood up on its own and would come as a complimentary product to other Boxee devices, so it wouldn’t have matter if you had been having a Boxee Box or not, you might have found something to love about the app”
We were obviously eager to find out if this hindrance had anything to do with Apple’s app store. Is Cupertino computers are warm welcoming 3rd party applications just like AirPlay and streaming media contents through different ways?
“I would think so, as Apple has been selling iPads” The Boxee VP answered it to us.
“This case is pretty much similar to what happened with Apple T.V, back in the days when Boxee was having compatibility to be played over them. I think this thing very much disturbed their sales units just because of that”
“It just makes their hardware more valuable”
So, the VP did not give us an exact date of this Boxee iPad feature and all you can do is bite your nails and wait for it. We’ll let you know if anything we hear pertaining to this iPad feature.