Complete integration between computing and television has been dreamed about in the past, but recently the merging between them seems much more imminent. Boxee, software that brings intelligent capabilities to television, will be showcased by ViewSonic this CES. It will run an Intel® Atom™ processor CE4100 and will allow you to surf throughout the net, check Facebook, Twitter, and even stream Pandora or movies from Netflix.
Being able to view webpages and content from the Internet on your TV is amazingly useful, especially if the computer IS your TV. Boxee will likely have the ability to expand via OTA updates so there is much more in store for us than what will be covered during CES. ViewSonic plans to release Boxee quarter 2 2011.
ViewSonic Collaborates With Boxee and Intel; Demonstrates Integrated Smart TV Solution at CES
ViewSonic Showcases Industry’s First Internet-Connected Smart TV Solution Running Boxee Software With Intel® AtomTM Processor CE4100
LAS VEGAS, NV–(Marketwire – January 6, 2011) – CES 2011 — ViewSonic Corp. (South Hall 30873), a leading global provider of computing, consumer electronics and communications solutions, today unveiled its first connected TV featuring Boxee, software that brings intelligent capabilities to the smart TV experience. The new TV is powered by the Intel® Atom™ processor CE4100, a system-on-chip designed for CE devices such as Blu-ray players, set top boxes and digital TVs.
An award sweeper at last year’s CES, Boxee provides access to a wide array of shows, movies, video, music, and photos from the Internet and their home network allowing you the freedom to watch whatever you want, whenever you want as well as providing social networking features enabling users to exchange recommendations with friends on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Buzz. For the first time, Boxee is available integrated onto a smart TV enabled device from ViewSonic. Through this partnership, consumers will have access to preferred content via a personalized account. Whether viewing TV, movies, Internet video favorite apps, or personal content from your PC, Boxee’s software enables users to access content by category, title, or source rather than by channel — including entertainment media from Netflix, Vudu, CBS, Pandora and more — simply type the name of what you want to watch and hit play.
“The CE4100 delivers processor performance for the smart TV experience, which offers rich content and application choices through integrated broadcast and Internet viewing and interaction,” said Wilfred Martis, general manager, retail segment, Intel Digital Home Group. “With the ViewSonic solution, consumers can easily access and enjoy Boxee’s ever-expanding content library on TV.”
“Consumers are watching more videos online, and are looking for technologies that enable them to watch content on their big-screen TVs instead of their PCs,” said Jeff Volpe, vice president and general manager for ViewSonic Americas. “We are leveraging our front-of-screen display expertise to provide consumers with the first and only TV to integrate the Intel Atom processor CE4100 with Boxee’s award-winning media search and streaming software.”
ViewSonic’s integrated smart TV solutions utilizing Intel and Boxee technology will be available in Q2 2011.