I am a HUGE fan of Boxee.TV right now. It has changed the face of my home entertainment center and my strategy for 2009 in some pretty major ways, but that isn't what I want to talk about here.
As I mentioned in the last Blog post, I bought a new MacBook Pro yesterday (and not for the reasons Mike suggested). I'm finding more and more that the Apple angle on life, etc., is more to who I am and that, really, Windows is just another program for me to run on my Mac.
But that, funny enough, isn't the topic of this post either.
At my home entertainment center, you'll see an Apple TV. I've loved her for a long time and have done everything I can through that device. I've loved her through Hulu and Netflix online despite, well, you know.
Then along came Boxee. She's installed on my Apple TV.
My Apple TV just hit puberty – I always saw her potential, she's just now showing it to me.
One sub $200 box gives me television, movies, pay per view, streaming, music, Internet Radio, etc. I can't tell you how thrilled I am.
But, Boxee.TV ain't perfect (she's closer than anything else I've seen). Here, not that you asked, is what I'd change:
- I'd put together a master database of all shows, Podcasts, etc. in one space so you don't have to know that “The Unit” is under CBS while “24” is a Hulu property (let alone, where in the heck to find Ask A Ninja). If we're really going to “kill” the networks, let's KILL ‘EM.
- I'd have some option between “your friends know nothing about what you watch” and “you friends know EVERYTHING you watch.” Some people don't want the world knowing about their Hannah Montana addiction.
- Add a very simple “across the room” email and RSS experience to the program. A simple ticker of your latest email at the bottom of the screen while you're watching a show could be really fun too.
- Let us change the background image (I know they're working on that).
- Let users “subscribe” to individuals and find out not just the last 6 things that all your friends did – but their entire history as well. Suggest some thoughts leaders in different spaces too.
- Let content producers produce “channel” options on Boxee. For example, I decide I'm a big fan of Ask A Ninja, I click a button and now the “Ask A Ninja Channel” is there right next to the other Internet video options.
- Produce a $99 box that runs Boxee.
Played with Boxee yet? Your thoughts?