Boxee Preps a New Over-the-Top Box

Just ahead of this week's International CES gadgetfest in Las Vegas, buzz about over-the-top video (OTT) and cord-cutting dominate today's cable news headlines:

  • Missing from all those stories about the Iomega TV with Boxee + Storage product is that users of file-sharing sites will get their hands on a device that comes with up to 2 Terabytes of storage. (See Boxee Launches Cord-Cutting Box .)

  • Word of the new Boxee box took some sting out of the delays hindering Boxee's integration of VUDU Inc. and Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX). That's not expected to happen until at least the end of January.

  • Lots of pre-CES buzz about Steve Ballmer’s plans to unveil set-top software that'll help Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) take on Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) Roku Inc. , and other OTT video players. (See Microsoft Takes On TiVo .)

  • Noting that CE manufacturers are slashing prices on 3DTVs, Henry Blodget proclaims the technology was "dead on arrival." (See 2010 Top Ten: 3DTV Hype Builders .)

  • Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH) will raise prices on programming packages by $3 to $5 per month in February, but promises to freeze those rates until January 2013.

  • Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) is hiking rates for standard cable by 6.8 percent and raising fees for digital cable by 7.7 percent on Feb. 1 in central New York.

  • USA Today dedicated a whopping 1,800 words to a front-page story about cord-cutting, so it's apparently an official mainstream trend just as CES gets ready for takeoff. (See Comcast CEO Dismisses Cord-Cutting Trend .)

    — Steve Donohue, Special to Light Reading Cable

  • Cooper10 12/5/2012 | 5:16:19 PM
    re: Boxee Preps a New Over-the-Top Box

    A bit confused on the Iomega/Boxee announcment.  Does the integration of storage mean that users can record streamed content? (i.e. a streaming box w/ DVR capability?)

    SteveDonohue 12/5/2012 | 5:16:18 PM
    re: Boxee Preps a New Over-the-Top Box

    That would really shake things up if Boxee allowed users to record streaming content, but the Iomega box doesn't enable that. But it would allow users to download video files, including those in MKV, AVI, and AAC format, and use the Boxee interface to pull up those files. In other words, Boxee owners that use BitTorrent and other file-sharing services could use this box to store and view thousands of TV shows and movies, including pirated content.



    Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 5:16:18 PM
    re: Boxee Preps a New Over-the-Top Box

    You're right, they don't come out and say whether this is storage w/DVR-like potential, so I can see the confusion... even from the more expanded blog post Boxee put up. Initially, it looks like they view it as a repository that can be tapped to sideload content and output it to the TV. JB




    melao2 12/5/2012 | 5:16:15 PM
    re: Boxee Preps a New Over-the-Top Box

    Such boxes for playing AAC, AVI, MKV already exist for quite some time, for example Popcorn Hour (www.popcornhour.com) and WDTV.


    The thing is that Boxee also has a nice integration with online services such as Netflix and hopefully Hulu. So it is a über box with good publicty behind. It will probably succeed.

    comtech3 12/5/2012 | 5:16:08 PM
    re: Boxee Preps a New Over-the-Top Box

    It is a waste of money to purchase these near-PC devices such the Boxee and Logitech Revue when you can do much more with a Eeebox PC series EB1006, B202,or the EB 1012.Just connect anyone of those bad boys to a wireless keyboard such as the Lenovo 57Y6336 multimedia remote,or the Logitech mini controller, and your done.Connect your flat screen of whatever size via HDMI, DVI,or component.You can even go further by adding a sling box and stream to your fancy setup.For the price of that DLink Boxee, Roxi, or any other device of that nature,one is better off with my suggestion.Even you had one of those all inclusive PCs like the IMac and others, you'll be better served to use those than a Boxee.

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