Having “cut the cable” in my household, we are always looking for the best media player for the most integrated living room media experience. Boxee’s standalone app development seems to have come to a standstill, so I’ve been on the lookout for a replacement for a while.The visuals and UI slickness in Qvivo are awesome. There is a smooth-scrolling background animation that is kind to your eyes.
Much like with Boxee, you add watched folders into Qvivo and then it will monitor those folders for changes. It will automatically attempt to pull in music album, television show, and movie information into its database. Also like Boxee there is tight integration with Facebook, Twitter and other platforms.
Keeping in mind that Qvivo is still in alpha and just released to the public a few days ago, I see a lot of promise. A platform is being built that turns Qvivo into a server/client architecture – making your media available to you on any device in your home and also on to-be-build mobile apps for iOS and Android. They are also developing a store to purchase music and video using Qstore credits.
I had a few issues with Qvivo not working with mapped network folders, but as this is a common setup I suspect the bugs will be worked out in good time. Also notably lacking is Boxee’s plugin architecture, meaning you cannot stream video from other websites.
Although not ready for prime time, Qvivo has a great ’10-foot’ interface an is definitely a home media player to keep an eye on.