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App Development on the Boxee Box

We’ve had a lot of questions regarding the status for developers who currently have apps on the platform, or are currently working on new ones.

For apps that have already been accepted and are available in the Boxee app library, the applications will remain there. We won’t make any significant changes to the app library. If you’ve already got an app on the platform you’ll be able to update major bugs in your app, no problem. We don’t have the resources to do quality assurance on major app updates so if you’re changing the core app functionality or features, we’ll most likely suggest that you host the app on your own repository.

For apps that are not yet in the Boxee App Library, developers have until Dec 14th to submit them. Apps submitted before that day will go through our standard review process. If apps do not pass review the first time, then developers will need to host their own repositories for their apps. Apps submitted after Dec. 14th will receive an auto-reply on how to do this. You will be able to add apps through repositories indefinitely (some of our most popular apps are hosted in repositories).

If you have any questions, please email us at developers@boxee.tv

Best,
Shawn

November 29, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Important Developer Update

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:
https://github.com/Boxee/html5-examples

If you’ve got any other questions or concerns about our plans, please feel free to give us a shout at developers@boxee.tv.

Cheers,
Team Boxee

January 24, 2012 at 4:55 pm

The Boxee Developer’s Blog

Welcome fellow Boxee developers! We’d like to introduce you to our new developer’s only blog (its a secret club, so shhh!!). We’ll be posting information about application updates, api and code changes, code snippets, tips & tricks…oh my! We have plenty to announce and welcome all comments and suggestions. We are here to inform and serve.

A little introduction if you don’t already know…

Shawn:
My name is Shawn, better known to most Boxee developers as riegersn. I’m the lead app developer here at Boxee, which means I work with R&D (our team in Israel) to improve the API and I craft killer apps for our high profile partners. The most recent example is our brand new MLB.TV app, which we’ve received a lot of positive feedback on…and we’re working to make it even better so stay tuned. I’m also working on another top-secret project as we speak. I could tell you but then I’d have to delete your Boxee account! I’ve been working with Boxee for almost a year now, it’s been a blast so far and we are excited to assist the developer community in making Boxee even better. Find Rob and I on the boxee forums, twitter @boxee_api, or email shawn at boxee dot com.

Rob:
I’m Rob - the latest member of the Boxee crew (it’s my 6th day!). I’m here to make you successful on the Boxee platform by providing developer support, submission handling and boundless enthusiasm for your work. I released Auto-Tune The News for Boxee last year and I’ve had the Boxee Development Bug ever since. I immediately jumped head first into the Boxee community, starting the gonzo Boxee development resource gonzee.tv and releasing a great portfolio of apps including Fail Blog, Happy Tree Friends, KidMango, Cliqset and many others. After 10 months, I’m happy to be an official part of the Boxee team.

You can find me on the forums, in our IRC channel on FreeNode #boxee, on Twitter @boxee_api and via email at rob@boxee.tv. To repeat the question our CEO Avner asked me that hooked me on this platform, What’s your next Boxee app?

The next Boxee app maybe?

Try this out with Phun!

April 22, 2010 at 4:36 pm