Boxee has just announced an iPad app which can be used by anyone with an iPad, but to get the most out of it, you really need to have a Boxee Box.
Boxee for iPad is a free app available from today in the App Store and works with Boxee and Boxee Box devices by sending video from your iPad, via AirPlay, to your TV. However, the app has a lot more features than that.
Boxee for iPad is essentially a way for you to aggregate all your favourite online videos in on place, be they from Vimeo, YouTube, TED or any of the hundreds of sources on the web. There is also a social aspect to the app and by linking to your Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr accounts, you can see all your friends’ favourite videos in one place.
Should you have Boxee, which is a freely downloadable multimedia programme which first hit the public in June 2008, or a Boxee Box, then you will be able to sling those videos to the your TV, to watch on a larger screen.
Another feature which could indeed make this app very popular, is the ability to stream video files stored on a Mac or PC over a home network to your iPad. All you need to do is install the Media Manager software from Boxee and away you go. The app transcodes the video as it goes for viewing on the iPad without having to convert them or store them on your tablet.. Of course all these videos can then be sent to your TV should you be in possession of a Boxee Box.
Within the app, videos can be saved to your watch-list for later using the newly refined Boxee Bookmarklet, allowing users to access this watch-list from the app, online or direct from the Boxee Box. Users will also be able to see curated lists of videos with recommendations from the Boxee community and Boxee staff.
The free app is available now in the App Store. Let us know if you're using the app and what you think of it.