Welcome to the cable news roundup, Hump-Day edition.
The gloves are off. Boxee is targeting cord-cutters with a Live TV dongle/antenna that lets the company's broadband video box bring in live, over-the-air HD broadcast feeds from ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC. Boxee is selling the dongle for US$49, and it will start shipping it in January in the U.S. and Canada. Boxee's big move comes as cable operators continue to lose video subs that are tightening their belts, and the company thinks its approach will offer consumers a less expensive alternative. "We believe the combination of Netflix/Vudu/Vimeo/TED/etc. with over-the-air channels delivers a much better experience for less money," Boxee chief Avner Ronen wrote in a blog post about the new product. Boxee doesn’t integrate a DVR, but will consider supporting external storage using the device's USB input "if we get enough users" asking for the option.