Boxee Bows DVR With Unlimited Storage16 Oct, 2012 By: Erik Gruenwedel
New Boxee TV features cloud-based video storage
Boxee Oct. 16 said it is launching a new set-top box that enables viewers to record unlimited amounts of programming since content is held in a cloud-based storage system.
Called Boxee TV, the $99 unit allows users to watch over-the-air digital and basic cable transmissions, in addition to including apps for Netflix streaming, Vudu movies, YouTube videos and Pandora music, among others. It begins shipping in November.
Key to Boxee TV is the “No Limits DVR” feature that instead of storing recorded programming on a local hard drive uploads it to a cloud-based platform. In theory, it means there are no limits to how much a user can record and watch on a laptop, tablet and TV. Current DVRs offered by cable and satellite services have storage capacities at about 15 to 20 hours.
The cloud-based storage locker is using Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3), which allows web developers and consumers to store data in the cloud for a fee.
The subscription-based “No Limits DVR” is rolling out in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Additional markets will be added in 2013. The feature costs $14.99 a month.
“It completely changes the way you think about recording TV,” Avner Ronen, co-founder and CEO of New York-based Boxee, wrote in a blog post.
Boxee TV replaces the oddly shaped Boxee Box media player, which never caught on with consumers — undoubtedly due in part to its $199 price tag.