February 25, 2014
“The demo video, which appeared on a subsection of QPlay’s website a few days ago, shows us how QPlay is going to work, as well as how the company is going to pitch the product: At the center of the offering is a red TV streaming box that looks a bit like an external hard drive, and connects via HDMI to a consumer’s TV,” reports GigaOM. “QPlay comes without a remote control instead using a dedicated iPad app that the company has been testing for some time.”
QPlay users can use the app for playback from queues (much like playlists), which can also be shared with other users. The device streams directly from the Internet, enabling content to play after the iPad is shut off, similar to how Google’s $35 Chromecast works.
“We reported in December that QPlay was looking to also include premium video services like Hulu Plus and Netflix, but the absence from this video makes me think all of that may not be available at launch,” notes Janko Roettgers for GigaOM. “The video itself shows content from YouTube, Vimeo and Revision3 owner Discovery Digital.”
Editor’s Note: Roettgers listed several related links, including the demo video and the product’s pre-launch website. However, at press time the links are not working. ETCentric will provide updates as the sites become available.
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