Boxee for iPad is another live-converting, video streaming app (like our favourites StreamToMe and Air Video), but it also lets you collect videos from the web that you want to watch and does all of this for free.The app itself isn’t terribly useful on its own, so you’ll need to install Boxee Media Manager (also free for Windows and Mac) to stream videos from your local computers to your iPad and the Watch It Later bookmarklet to collect videos from the web.
The Watch It Later bookmarklet is really handy as you can surf to any page with a video on it, click the bookmarklet, and save that video to your iPad. The downside is that the app doesn’t seem to update too often (or ever), so it was necessary to force-quit the and relaunch it in order to see the added videos. Once that was done, however, all the collected web videos were quickly available to watch right from the iPad.
While the feature set is pretty good, and the interface is beautiful, the first release has some quirks that might make it a little problematic for some users. If you’re patient, however, it’s a good local streaming option for all kinds of video.