CES 2012: Boxee launches Facebook app

Summary:Boxee has developed its own Facebook social Open Graph app. It's opt-in though, so if you don't want to constantly share what you're watching on TV, you don't have to if you're using Boxee.

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this year, Boxee announced a new Facebook app that brings the company's Live TV service to your Facebook Timeline. The new app lets you share what you're watching on Facebook as well as sort through what's on by letting you see what your friends are watching.

After two minutes of watching a given video, Boxee will post about it via your Facebook account (assuming you've given it permission to do so). It will first appear in the Ticker, then your Timeline, and finally possibly in the News Feed. If one of your friends clicks on the link, they're taken to a landing page with more information about the show including the episode and season information.

All these features are opt-in, meaning people will only know what you're watching if you really want them to. As with all the new social Open Graph apps (frictionless sharing and all that jazz), Boxee underlines that you can always edit your settings from your Application Settings Page on Facebook, or can remove specific activity directly from your Timeline via your Activity Log. The app means Boxee will be able to display what friends are watching in Live TV channel listings.

"Boxee was built from the ground up to allow you to share with friends and receive video recommendations from them," a Boxee spokesperson said in a statement. "With a Boxee Box & Live TV there's nearly an infinite amount of video to watch. To help you sift through it all, we're taking social one step further."

You can check out more CES 2012 coverage on CNET and ZDNet.

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Topics: Social Enterprise

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Emil is a freelance journalist writing for CNET and ZDNet. Over the years, he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars Technica, Neowin, and TechSpot.

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