Walmart to carry Boxee TV starting tomorrow

Posted by masgeeks on Oct 31, 2012 3:55 PM EDT
c|net; By Don Reisinger
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Boxee has just won a big one. Walmart tomorrow will start carrying the Boxee TV at 3,000 locations nationwide. Bloomberg, which was first to report on the news, spoke with Boxee chief Avner Ronen, who said that the Walmart partnership could deliver "a big launch" for his set-top box.

Boxee announced the product earlier this month, saying that it should be considered a "No Limits DVR." The device, which connects to the television, has no onboard storage, but acts as a DVR, thanks to cloud storage. According to Boxee, its device taps into the cloud to allow users to watch programming on their TVs. In addition, users can watch over-the-air television programming with its built-in antenna.

Thanks to that antenna, users can record over-the-air programming right from the device. However, in order to get the DVR features, users will need to pay $14.99 a month for access. In addition, Boxee announced earlier this month that the No Limits DVR will be available in eight markets to start, with more rolling out in 2013.

The Boxee TV follows the company's earlier Boxee Box, a set-top device that was largely ignored outside geeky circles. The Boxee TV attempts to appeal more to the average consumer. And it appears Walmart is seeing that.

The Boxee TV will be available for $99 when the device launches tomorrow.

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