Boxee, the media center with a social twist, has just rolled out its new iPad app, Boxee for iPad.
What makes Boxee for iPad [iTunes link] interesting as an application, is that it isn’t just for Boxee or Boxee Box users; the app was designed so that anyone who has an iPad can use it to discover and share web video.
When you start up the app, you can sign in with your Boxee account and then choose to link your Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr accounts. Once that’s done, you can see the videos that your friends share online from your stream. Similar to Redux, this offers up a more visual and manageable approach to what videos friends are sharing online.
You can then watch selected videos within the iPad app or opt to save them to your watchlist for later. Boxee Box users can also use the AirPlay functionality from the app to watch content on the big screen. This is the first time we’ve seen AirPlay-esque features work with a device that isn’t the Apple TV. We like it.
Boxee also has a curated featured content section in the app, for users who want to see what the Boxee community and staff think is worth watching.
Using the newly refined bookmarklet, users can add videos to their Boxee watch-later queues. Boxee has had a bookmarklet for saving online content for quite some time, but now the feature is a lot more useful, thanks to the iPad app. Like startup Squrl, content can be accessed from the iPad. You can also watch saved content on the web or on your Boxee Box.
Perhaps our favorite feature of Boxee for iPad is the new Media Manager. Install the new Boxee Media Manager software on your Mac or PC, and you can then access local content from your iPad. The process works just like AirVideo in that it transcodes the content on the fly (and on your local machine) and then streams it straight to your iPad.
The end result is that you can enjoy watching episodes of your favorite TV shows without having to convert the video for the iPad, and it doesn’t take up any space on your device. As with web video, that content can then be streamed to your Boxee Box wirelessly.
Even though I already have (and love) AirVideo, having the ability to access my local content in the Boxee app — and then having the ability to send that content to the big screen — is incredibly cool.