Boxee is one of the long-time participants in the streaming video market, and when the Boxee Box landed it got a lot of attention. But the Box never gained the audience that competitors like Roku and Apple TV have. Now, Boxee is making a new push in the set-top box market with Boxee TV, offering features the company hopes will more effectively compete with what’s out there.
The new Boxee TV takes input from the Internet, as well as conventional connections like unencrypted cable, and antenna to bring in content from ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS, and others as well as services like Netflix and Vudu. The really notable thing is the DVR function, which gives unlimited cloud storage of recorded programs for a flat rate of $14.99 a month. Pay that, and you can stop worrying about what you have to delete to record your next show. The box has two tuners, allowing you to watch one show while recording another.
The No Limits DVR feature will initially be available in eight markets – New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., with more markets to come in 2013. Boxee TV will be available in November and cost $99.