Boxee, the company that offers both software and hardware media products, has announced that it will soon be ending its official support for its PC, Mac and Ubuntu software product. In a post on the company"s blog site, Boxee stated that version 1.5 of the software for those platforms will be the last. The software is now available for download at the blog site for all three versions and it will remain there until the end of January.
Boxee stated the reason for shutting down software development was due to the company"s decision to concentrate on its hardware products. It said:
We believe the future of TV will be driven by devices such as the Boxee Box, Connected TVs / Blu-Rays and 2nd screen devices such as tablets and phones. 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. 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.
Boxee released its Boxee Box set top device in late 2010 (You can check out our review of the Boxee Box here at Neowin). It will release a USB dongle for the device that will allow support of live TV in January 2012.