We interrupt your otherwise ambiguously awesome developer’s lives to bring you a bit of sad news. Earlier this month we released the last version of Boxee for the PC (v1.5). After Jan 31st we will remove the download from our website and we will shutdown support for Mac/Windows/Linux platforms.
There are lots of reasons for this decision, but the clearest is our belief that the future of TV will be driven by devices like the Boxee Box, Connected TVs, Blu-Ray players and 2nd screen devices such as tablets and phones. While many users still have computers connected to their TVs, we believe this use case is likely to decline as users find inexpensive, better alternatives.
So what does this mean for you as a developer? Well if you’ve developed apps for the Boxee Box, then you’re all good. You don’t need to do anything.
If you’ve developed apps for our downloadable software, then we’d like you to:
- Test it on the latest release (v1.5 available here) to see if it works. If it does, huzzah! Stay golden.
- If it doesn’t work – you’ve got two options:
- Fix the bugs and resubmit it to us before Jan. 31st.
- Ignore the bugs on the PC and resubmit as Boxee Box ONLY by Jan. 31st. Check out the “platform” specification on our DevWiki for a how-to: http://developer.boxee.tv/Descriptor_XML
After Jan 31st, we recommend developing all apps in HTML5 so your app can easily work across many platforms. Our hope is that this will streamline the app development process for you as well as lighten the support load for our team.
To help you get started, we’ve put together a few easy HTML5 templates with frameworks that have already been tested on Boxee. You can find them here:
If you’ve got any other questions or concerns about our plans, please feel free to give us a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org.