Brooklyn based Boxee’s latest 1.5 release for PC/Mac/Ubuntu will be its last. The media streaming software company said the future of digital TV is changing. According to VentureBeat, Roku set-top box devices, Blu-Rays with support apps for Netflix and even Boxee Boxes have eliminated the need for connecting computers to TVs.
“While there are still many users who have computers connected to their TVs, we believe this use case is likely to decline as users find better alternatives,” Andrew Kippen wrote on Boxee’s blog. “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.”
According to VentureBeat, the company was originally very popular with techies for its slick interface. But now it seeks a wider audience. Last year it came out with a user-friendly Boxee Box and and released an iPad app this summer.