Boxee TV: Dump cable for good
Nearly two years ago now, I ditched cable. I cut the cord for a lot of reasons: Cable is expensive, and the price will never, ever, ever go down; cable companies pretty much hate their customers; and I hated paying for crap I never watched.
But it involves a lot of work, juggling a game console, an antenna, and a few other toys. Which is why the Boxee TV should have cable companies a wee bit concerned.
This device is still in beta, but it’s basically a way to dump cable in a little box. It runs streaming apps, especially the big three of Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and Hulu Plus. Even better, the box includes a TV tuner, external antenna connection… and DVR functionality.
Why’s this a big deal? Because I know from personal experience that the only reason most people don’t ditch their cable subscription tomorrow can be summed up with two words: “Sports” and “TiVo.” In other words, this would let you catch any broadcast game and tape anything broadcast for later viewing.
The Boxee TV is still in beta and will likely launch in 2013, so keep an eye out.
Leaked Boxee TV Adds HDTV Antenna And DVR [The Verge]