Boxee Likely Coming To Mobile: Android, iPhone And iPad In Sight

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Boxee just might be the most beloved piece of free software on the Internet today, particularly by those who prefer to get their entertainment from the Web rather than more conventional outlets like the television or radio. But up until now, Boxee has been a piece of software that requires a full-fledged computer to use.

But according to reports, Boxee may be considering a mobile version of the app, which enables users to easily access Web content from a variety of portals. The user interface is really what seals the deal, and having that same UI on Android, iPhone OS or WebOS could definitely make mobile video consumption seem a lot more attractive.

Boxee Remote application for the iPhone... Movies coming to the little screen next?

Reportedly, Boxee is currently searching for a "a developer fluent in the Apple operating system," and it's also hoping to develop for Android in the future. Apple's iPad also seems like a good place to plant a new Boxee app, but of course, getting around the "no Flash" rule with all Apple mobile products will be another challenge entirely.

So, is Boxee finally going mobile? All signs are pointing to yes, with the only real question being "when?" We're hoping soon, and we hope that Boxee and Hulu can somehow bury the hatchet at the same time. Now, wouldn't that be just peachy?
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la_guy_10 replied on Mon, Apr 19 2010 2:30 PM

Hummm....I just read yesterday where Mobi-TV will be allowed on the I-Phone and now we hear Boxee might be getting in the game, this is interesting. I would say more than the console debate we had a few weeks back about consoles becoming more like a PC heck I say the mobile phone is morphing into the new pocket PC. I knew it was coming but I must say I am taking back by how fast things are advancing in the mobile space with regard to these demanding apps. I still say 4G cannot come soon enough also WiMax would not hurt either.

I do wonder if Boxee will stream live as well?

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3vi1 replied on Mon, Apr 19 2010 2:42 PM

I just installed the Ubuntu 64-bit version - runs totally smooth at 1080p. So far, the service is polished _way_ beyond what my expectations were. I can't believe I didn't install it before.

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sp12 replied on Mon, Apr 19 2010 4:21 PM

Wow! I just installed that and am plainly impressed by the entire experience. Intuitive, compatible, fluid.

It's exactly what I've been looking for. But free. :)

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I do really believe Boxee will go mobile! When is probably very soon. Ain't that a peach:)

I still get the feeling that any service like this is going to have to start scrambling to get good recognition before all the cell companies take off with their Internet TV services. because once they do, sites like Hulu and Boxee will most likely be absorbed into the Cell carriers TV services. Even though it might take a while for people to actually get a dedicated service from their cell company, For now most people will keep on turning towards these sites for the content provided. Hopefully if they get a good enough response, then it should make the phone services be implemented that much quicker!

I have always based my purchases and hardware around one stand alone solution. If I pay for cable then I go for things like a DVR or DVD recorder so I can watch at my convenience, and not only when the shows actually broadcast. The only thing I keep seeing when it comes down to these types of services. Is that they usually don't show the programs at the same time or even hours after the initial broadcast? I wouldn't even mind if it was even a day, I just cant seem to get what I want to watch after I just missed the original.

So I am certain that these sites are just building up a reputation so they can be bought out at a much higher rate when everything goes towards one solution. This kinda reminds me of the whole HD DVD throwdown. Now it is just a matter of which one will give in first.

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Inspector replied on Mon, Apr 19 2010 6:29 PM

Yesterday you guys just announced the TV app and today comes this! :D. Soon phones will have the same specs of a computer O.o... lol. Like alwasy i won't hold myself back to free apps and as soon as this releases im downloading it like the Mobi-TV (Only one free channel Sad)! :P lol

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Dave_HH replied on Tue, Apr 20 2010 12:05 AM

And coming from you 3vi1? That's saying something!

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digitaldd replied on Tue, Apr 20 2010 8:26 AM

Been using Boxee on a book sized computer running linux [kubuntu] for a few months now, its hooked up directly to my HDTV and I really love what it does for the computer to TV experience. I don't think I would pony up for the Boxee box they are selling though.

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