They curated video service founded and launched by the Tivo’s co-founders Mike Ramsay and Jim Barton, QPlay, is being shut down just after six months. While the service worked, for $49 the service allowed you to stream videos from sites like YouTube, Vimeo, Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo and Comedy Central non-stop. The streaming happened through the cloud, somewhat like Google Chromecast. You needed to buy a $ 49 QPlay TV adapter to continuously stream the videos with the help of an iPad app (so basically, if you haven’t had the iPad, you were in tough luck, but then considering they are shutting down, maybe you ended up being lucky). Once started, the streaming would continue even if you did something else on your iPad or even if you switched it off.
According to their press release, “We truly enjoyed bringing you the best videos from around the Internet. We had fun building and using Qplay and hope that you did too. Unfortunately, it is not possible for us to keep developing and running the service.”
From the beginning it wasn’t a good idea. Why would someone watch continuous streaming of videos? In that sense Google Chromecast is a better choice that allows you to hook your tablet or laptop remotely to your TV and either stream videos from the net or play videos that are already there on your device.
As a “goodwill gesture” the company is issuing refunds to its existing customers. If you are one of those who purchased this device, you have time until July 25, 2014, 5 PM Pacific Time.
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