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Boxee, the little media center that could, had a banner year in 2010, finally making the leap from software to hardware at long last. But that hasn’t stopped the company from continuing to branch out, and they’re eyeing the iPad as one of their next platforms.
MacRumors is reporting that Boxee’s media center software will soon be making its debut on iOS. The startup company is using their booth at the Consumer Electronics Show this year to preview the upcoming iPad version of Boxee, which will not only allow allow users to view videos on the go, but also interact with their Boxee box, such as sending content to the device.
“[The Boxee app] allows users to stream a video directly from their Mac or PC in a variety of formats including those that aren't natively supported on the iPad,” MacRumors notes. “It accomplishes this through Boxee media server software running on the computer that automatically transcodes video to the iPad.”
Boxee CEO and co-founder Avner Ronen had more to say about the forthcoming iPad app on the company’s blog: “[The Boxee iPad app] 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).”
Boxee is no stranger to the App Store, having served up a free remote control app in early 2009, used by an iPhone or iPod touch to control the Boxee software running on a Mac, PC or Apple TV over Wi-Fi.
The company has yet to announce a release date for the iPad version, but they’re targeting it for the spring of this year, with a smaller version for the iPhone/iPod touch a possibility for the future as well. In the meantime, Cult of Mac nabbed a video demo of the app at CES 2011 for all to enjoy.
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(Image and video courtesy of MacRumors and Cult of Mac)