Boxee, a company that delivers online content to your Apple TV or computer through its social media center platform raised $4 million in funding from Spark Capital and Union Square Ventures. Boxee is positioned to become the software running tomorrow’s living room, where the Internet, social networks and TV are intertwined. In the future, Boxee could be used to store virtually most forms of digital media content for easy access through a simple and very user friendly UI.
According to company Boxee blog, the funding will help Boxee work towards its goals of “building even more functionality and content into Boxee while making it easier to navigate; listening to user requests, ideas, and frustrations (and improving the product accordingly); working with team-XBMC, developers, and partners to extend Boxee beyond the confines of limited resources; and finishing the year with 1 million users.”
Boxee intends to increase the number of content providers it currently partners with beyond Hulu, CBS, Netflix, the BBC , and others, as well as increase the number of set-top boxes its software and service, besides Apple TV, can be found on.
Boxee has been well received UI that make the social media center appealing. The technology is based on open software based on XBMC platform to integrate internet with the media center in an more well-designed UI to access available video content, web apps and social networking application through a set top box. Boxee’ software platform allows users to view latest video available on demand (the Office), Hulu, CBS, Comedy Central, YouTube, Last.fm, Twitter, and Flickr to a television. Currently, Boxee’s software can run on a Mac, PC, and Apple TV device into a set-top that can stream content on to a TV for a more comfortable viewing
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