Boxee added Live TV to its services. With this addition, Boxee claims the Boxee Box is the only mainstream set top box to combine over the air broadcast TV with Internet content. With the addition of Live TV, you'll get the ability to edit and rename channels, see social channel listings (including seeing what your friends are watching), the ability to share information about what you're watching with your social networks, and an all-in-one interface that can switch between broadcast TV and the web. The company is also looking into the idea of providing DVR functionality to see if it's feasible.
Boxee Live TV now available for $49 – let the cord cutting begin!
Boxee 1.5 rolls out to Boxee Boxes today and Boxee Live TV tuners have begun shipping! Order one now for your Boxee Box!
With the addition of Live TV, the Boxee Box holds the distinction of being the only mainstream set top box that blends both over the air (OTA) broadcast TV with Internet content (over the top or OTT). We believe the OTT+OTA combo is the best way to get the most entertainment while paying only for the stuff you want to watch.
If you missed our earlier posts on Live TV / Cutting the Cord, and our Facebook integration – the gist goes something like this: the way we want to watch video has drastically changed over the last 10 years. We want to devour seasons all at once. We want to watch the same video on our TV, tablet, phone, and treadmill. We want to be able to watch in our homes, on an airplane, in our offices, and wherever else we might end up. We want to bookmark things for later. We want mainstream shows along with stuff from the web like TED, WSJ, and FunnyOrDie.
The web has given us this freedom. Cable TV has not. The web has made it easy and affordable to find what you’re looking for and enjoy it wherever you’d like. Meanwhile cable’s pushing the same boring interface and charging you even more for it ($75 / month on average) while you’re really only watching 14% of the channels you’re paying for. There’s a percentage of the population that’s realized this and decided to cut the cord and get rid of cable.
Boxee Live TV is a perfect alternative to cable for them.
Live TV Features
Way better than just plugging an antenna into the back of your TV, Boxee Live TV kicks it up a notch with:
While Live TV does not currently have DVR functionality, we’ve heard your feedback and are examining if we could provide it. We’ll make an announcement later this year about DVR support if we can make it happen.
Boxee v1.5 Features
Here’s what’s included in the latest version of Boxee (check out pictures here):
We’ll stagger this release over the next 72 hours like we’ve done in the past so you might not get the update until later this week. Want it right away, check out these instructions in the forums on how to get it.
You can read the full release notes here.
Enjoy and let us know what you think of the new UI after you’ve played with it!
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