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Boxee clashes with cable companies over encryption

Boxee clashes with cable companies over encryption | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

Boxee’s live TV dongle has only been available for a few weeks, but the company is already embroiled in a fight with cable giants like Comcast and Time Warner Cable over it, and is now getting support from groups like Public Knowledge and the Consumer Electronics Association.  At the core of the issue is whether cable companies should be allowed to encrypt their basic cable programming, something that existing regulation doesn’t allow. Unencrypted signals can be used by tuners built into most modern TV sets as well as equipment like Boxee’s live TV tuner to access these basic cable channels straight from the coax cable that comes out of your wall, without the need for any set-top box.  Cable companies have asked the FCC for waivers to these restrictions, arguing that encrypted channels would reduce piracy and that encrypted cable connections can be remotely serviced, eliminating the need for many service visits. The FCC is currently hearing all sides on the issue as it contemplates whether or not to do away with the restrictions and allow all cable companies to encrypt basic cable. Boxee has filed multiple letters with the commission and met with its staff last week.

On Wednesday, the startup wrote on its blog: “(The cable companies’) real motivation is to prevent you from being able to connect the cable from the wall directly to your TV or Boxee Box. You will need to rent a set-top box from your cable provider, pay an extra $5-$15 per month and it will no longer work with your Boxee Box or similar devices. The cable companies are losing subscribers every quarter. If they want to reverse that trend they should look into building better products, reducing prices and improving customer service, not going to the government asking for rule changes to force consumers into spending more money and blocking start-ups from competing.”

Boxee’s position has been shared by Public Knowledge as well as the Consumer Electronics Association and consumer electronics manufacturers like Hauppauge, which makes the Boxee dongle. The cable companies on the other hand have been getting support from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) as well as some municipalities, including Miami, Florida.

Altogether, more than 80 documents have been filed with the FCC on the issue. Many of these filings from both sides make it clear that this isn’t just about what’s going to happen to those basic cable channels, but also about the role consumer electronics manufacturers, cable companies and start-ups like Boxee will play in the future of pay TV.

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Viewsonic Kills Boxee-powered TV Set

Viewsonic Kills Boxee-powered TV Set | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

Consumer electronics developer Viewsonic has decided to pull the plug on bringing a Boxee-powered TV set to market. The company explained Smart TVs have a high cost and there is not enough consumer interest at the time. For the future, Viewsonic tells GigaOm, “Our current strategy is to stay involved with the various technology developments and consider them in the future as they become available.”  Boxee, the Brooklyn based Internet-to-TV streaming company still in partnership with Iomega and devices are expected to come to out in mid October.

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Boxee Box remote zaps in for PC and Mac

Boxee Box remote zaps in for PC and Mac | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
...The remote is identical to the one that ships with the Boxee Box (two sided with a full QWERTY on one side and quick launch buttons on the other) and comes with a tiny USB receiver that picks up the remote's RF signals. D-Link’s Daniel Kelley said: "The Boxee Remote Control is ideal for home theatre enthusiasts who have customized their home entertainment environment with a specialized PC or Mac media centre, but still want the Boxee Box’s unique viewing experience on their TV.
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Video - Boxee, Roku Predict Pay TV's Transformation

Video - Boxee, Roku Predict Pay TV's Transformation | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
Internet video could transform the pay-TV industry, as cable MSOs could use the Web to market programming to subscribers outside the geographic reach of their networks, say the CEOs of Boxee and Roku Inc. We don't know which cable company will be the first to market Internet video programming to non-subscribers outside their territories, but Roku CEO Anthony Wood said it is inevitable that pay-TV providers will expand into OTT video. "Within 12 to 24 months we will see a traditional cable company go over the top,"
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A Virtual MSO Shall Rise, Boxee CEO Says

The United States's first virtual MSO will materialize later this year, giving broadband devices a new way to deliver on-demand and live subscription TV services directly to consumers, predicts Boxee CEO Avner Ronen.  The prediction came up during a discussion with Light Reading Cable about a week after Boxee started shipping a component that feeds over-the-air digital TV broadcasts to the Boxee Box. (See Boxee Tees Up Live TV Cord-Cutting Tool .)  But Boxee has no interest in becoming a virtual MSO itself. That's an expensive proposition that reportedly scared off even the deep-pocketed Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), which opted instead for pay-TV partnerships that send content to the Xbox 360. (See Microsoft Puts Pay-TV Plan on Pause and Comcast, Verizon Connect With the Xbox 360.)  "We don't have an appetite to become a virtual MSO in the sense of us going out and licensing those channels and providing ... guarantees and so on," Ronen says. "We'd much rather [have] somebody like Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) or DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV) or Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) or Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) do those deals and for us to support those over-the-top offerings on our platform like we do today for traditional over-the-top."  Still, Ronen thinks there's a good chance that someone, perhaps an incumbent pay-TV player, will try the virtual MSO model this year.

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Boxee launches iPad app, new Box update, media server and bookmarklet today

Boxee launches iPad app, new Box update, media server and bookmarklet today | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

The long awaited Boxee for iPad app is finally ready to launch, and coming with it is a fresh update for the Boxee Box, plus new Media Manager software for your PC or Mac to make streaming locally stored files to the tablet or PC even easier. We got an early look at the iPad app (which lacks access to the Box's apps) and while the interface had been lightly reworked since our last hands-on experience at CES it was very crash prone, with a tendency to close suddenly while streaming videos from YouTube or a connected PC. Boxee Box owners may not have to worry about that however, since the new v1.2 update adds AirPlay compatibility as an "experiment" for any online content (check after the break for the full list of changes). The Media Manager software on the PC makes it easier to organize content for playback on the tablet or Box, while a new Watch Later Bookmarklet also makes one-click sharing of online video from browser to device possible. All in all the idea is to make Boxee the "one place to discover, watch and share video" no matter where you are and we can see it getting there -- once everything stays up and running consistently.

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Boxee Box survey floats the possibility of premium channels, PPV sports

Boxee Box survey floats the possibility of premium channels, PPV sports | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
If you're wondering in which direction the developers over at Boxee may be thinking about heading you can consider the questions in the latest survey mailed out to users. The second round of questions gauges the interest people may have in subscribing to premium channels over the internet, like HBO or Showtime and how much they would be willing to pay, with another question focusing on the possibility of pay-per-view football games. Of course, actually negotiating for access to premium channels (HBO Go works through the browser after the v1.1 update) or anything NFL Sunday Ticket-related is a more complicated issue, but it is a possibility. Previous polls checked the temperature on features we've seen added like Netflix or a $199 price tag for the Boxee Box, and things that haven't shown up so far like CableCARD / OTA support or a version for videogame consoles.
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