Thinking outside of the Boxee Box
After years of chest beating about disrupting the DVR market with stop-gap hardware, Boxee has finally taken off the gloves with the Boxee TV. Like traditional DVRs, the new set-top box is built around recording live TV via its two integrated TV tuners from both over-the-air HD broadcasts and unencrypted basic cable channels. Unlike that glorified hard drive currently toasting dust bunnies in your existing home theater, though, this device lacks integrated storage and instead provides “no limit” cloud storage online for a flat fee of $15 a month.
Outside of glorious freedom to record The Real Housewives of Little Rock marathons at will, all DVR-ed content is also free to roam a variety of other devices (computers, tablets and smartphones) through an HTML5 web app. True to Boxee’s roots, the hardware includes intuitive software for navigating content from a variety of sources beyond TV, including on-board apps for services like Netflix, VUDU, Pandora, YouTube and Vimeo. The real kicker for diehard cable cutters? The whole shebang will cost a mere $99 — excluding the aforementioned subscription fee — and launches just in time for turkey season on November 1. Unfortunately, if you don’t live in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Philadelphia or Washington DC, the recording service won’t be available until at least 2013, so don’t toss your DVR into the incinerator… for now.
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