Initial Impressions of Boxee NYC

By  |  Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at 2:11 am

boxeenyc1Well, this post came a little later than I had hoped (car troubles on the way home), but here were my initial impressions of what I saw Tuesday night in NYC. This was definitely a good showing people wise for Boxee — the company reportedly had 1,000 RSVPs. I don’t think everyone showed up, but there were at least 400-500 folks in attendance.

The presentation was marred by glitches, both with the system itself (shows why they’re still in alpha yet), and on the production side. They also tried for the first time to stream the event live over Boxee, which was probably why there were so many issues.

Pandora ended up being the big(?) surprise. According to the company, integration with the personalized music service was the most requested content provider that already wasn’t included with Boxee.

CEO Avner Ronen says the newest release is targeted towards radio, and another addition to the content list was Radiotime.

Avner also continued to express his love for Hulu, but it almost made me want to ask why he would do this when Hulu’s parent companies are clearly working against Boxee. I guess it doesn’t matter — several of the Boxee fans in attendance also seemed to talk up Hulu as well.

Kill them with kindness, I guess?

The company went through a list of the new features in the soon-to-come beta (sounds like it will be this summer), which I’ll post tomorrow when I’m more coherent and have more details — it’s 5am ET here.

One cool thing was the LCD screen wall that Webster Hall has put together. The management came on stage to say that the Boxee event will be the first of an effort to bring tech events to the venue, and that they plan to bring Webster Hall into the 21st Century with a lot of technological advancements.

In true Technologizer fashion, here’s a grainy iPhone pic off that wall. Pretty cool, eh?


More to come in the (later) morning.. hopefully with some better quality photos.

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