Boxee debuts final update for computers, plans to focus on device only

Over-the-top device provider Boxee, which got its start running on computer platforms, has made its final update for PC, Mac and Linux users, switching its focus instead to its connected TV device.

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The update includes a revamped menu home screen.

The company last week released version 1.5 of its software for PCs, and said the version would be available later this month in Beta for the Boxee Box, along with its Live TV component.

Boxee VP of marketing Andrew Kippen said the company has been able to give Boxee for Computers about 85 percent of the features and functionality its device has. But, it won't include Netflix, Vudu, Pandora, or an array of other premium services because of DRM issues.

"This 1.5 release will be the last version of Boxee for PC/Mac/Ubuntu," said Kippen. "We believe the future of TV will be driven by devices such as the Boxee Box, Connected TVs / Blu-Rays and 2nd screen devices such as tablets and phones."

Kippen said Boxee believes the number of users who connect to computers is on the decline, as better alternatives have become available.

"People will continue to watch a lot of video on their computer, but it is more likely to be a laptop than a home-theater PC and probably through a browser rather than downloaded software," he said.

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