I was looking for a highly interactive new application that would seriously boost entertainment pleasure, and it looks like I may be getting what I was looking for. If you were following along here, I talked about my wish for a Website DVR –an application with the ability to record shows directly from different websites with no wait time, no buffering, and (in a perfect world) with no internet necessary.
A lot of people are comparing Qplay to Chromecast. It does have differences. “Qplay” is organized around queues or “Qs”.
“Queues are essentially playlists for videos, some of which are automatically generated based on RSS and Twitter feeds, while others are curated by Qplay’s users. The other big difference to Chromecast, and other media streaming devices for that matter, is that Qplay wants to integrate all media into a single app instead of forcing users to access many different apps for their favorite videos. ‘There used to be 500 channels, now there are 500 apps,’ [Michael Ramsay] said. At launch, Qplay supports videos from YouTube, Vimeo, Vine and other publishers.”
The Qplay app is priced at $49 right now for the early adopter program. The Qplay app will supposedly always be free, but the company plans to offer value-added services that they would charge for in the future.
A few interesting things about Qplay:
• Based on “Qs”, so it’s goal is to provide you with videos that interest you without you having to search for them
• A “Q” is a continuous stream of items in a particular topic
• Strings these videos together no matter where they are found (like Flipboard)
• Finds videos by scanning Twitter, YouTube, etc. in each particular topic (ex: Tech)
• You give feedback to help it tailor to your taste
• You don’t have to watch ever video in the “Q”, you can jump from video to video
• You can organize your own “Qs” with videos you pick and publish them for others to watch
• The Qplay TV adapter runs Android
• Has a built-in Wi-Fi connection
What do you think of the Qplay vision? Will you be getting one? What features would you like to see added or changed? What features are you most interested in trying out?