28th Feb 2009 | 10:00
Based on XBMC, this TV streaming app has the ability to stream from almost anywhere
Like the original Joost, Boxee is a standalone media centre app, but it has far greater aspirations. In its present form it's only available for OS X and 32-bit Ubuntu/Debian, but the developers have shown it working on mobiles and Windows.
The core engine is the open-source XBMC media centre – originally developed for Xbox – and unlike most other media apps, Boxee can pull music, movies and photos from almost anywhere.
Its breadth is awesome: just log in and you can stream from your hard drive, NAS box, Flickr, iPlayer, or Netflix and Hulu if you're in the US.
Some of the menu design is questionable and it's as buggy as hell, but the program is remarkably polished for an alpha. Think Apple's Front Row or Windows Media Center with more flexibility built in. It could shape up to be the aggregator that we've been waiting for, but it's clear that the team need some sort of big league support to rework the kinks.
Ironically, Boxee's best chance of making it is probably being bought by a TV manufacturer looking to replace their interface.