Boxee in Vegas, CBS, VUDU 3D, sneak peek at our iPad App
January 6, 2011 // 4:14 p.m.
We're in Las Vegas this week for CES and it's already turned out to be a crazy week even before the show's started. Here's what we have to announce (our blog post will go up here shortly):
We have signed an agreement with CBS that will give Boxee users the ability to purchase full episodes from CBS starting later this year.
It's a major step for us, working with the biggest network in the US. We hope it's the beginning of more deals with more major content providers both here in the US and abroad.
VUDU 3D, coming soon to Boxee & Boxee-devices
VUDU's HD on-demand movie service will soon be available to Boxee Box users (it is already available on PC and Mac), but we have some more good news. VUDU just announced they'll start streaming movies in 3D, which will also be available on the Boxee Box.
If you have an HDTV you will be able to enjoy the largest HD VOD library with the newest releases (as soon they come out on DVD) in the VUDU HDX format, and if you happen to have a 3D TV then you'll be able to tap into a growing 3D movie library.
Viewsonic TV with Boxee
Viewsonic is releasing their first "connected" TV running Boxee's software platform. We've always said we want Boxee on every device in the living room so we're very happy to soon be able to offer Boxee without the Box. Pricing and availability have not been set yet.
Boxee iPad App
While not ready to launch, we're giving people at CES a sneak peek at Boxee for the iPad this week. The free app will enable 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 will also enables you to stream videos directly to the iPad from your Mac/PC (without requiring you to sync).
And if you get tired of that small screen, it only takes one click to send that video to your D-Link/Iomega/ViewSonic Boxee device. Very nice.
So if you're counting that's:
1 - the Iomega TV with Boxee (announced Tuesday)
2 - Viewsonic Connected TVs with Boxee (announced today)
3 - a partnership with America's most watched network, CBS
4 - the ability to turn any Boxee Set Top Box into a 3D movie hub with VUDU's HD On Demand Movie Service
5 - an iPad app to let you stream from the web or from your PC and send stuff to your TV.
Five big pieces of news to help get 2011 off to a great start. With VUDU, Netflix, and Hulu Plus all on the horizon it's shaping up to be an amazing year.
All the best,