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Boxee TV lands between the living room and cloud

The new Boxee TV, like the original Boxee Box, is also produced by D-Link. But there’ll be little issue setting something on top of this one. Indeed, that’s what Boxee has figuratively done, stacking over-the-air DVR functionality on top of the Internet content that was delivered by the original oddly-angled cubazoid. The Boxee TV model is somewhat of a cross between Simple.TV and Aereo. Like the former, Boxee TV is a local device. Like the latter, though, it relies on cloud storage rather than local storage and unlimited local storage at that. Boxee TV will cost $99 and the company has struck a deal to blow it out at Walmart. Thus, not surprisingly, Walmart-owned Vudu will be one of the featured broadband TV launch partners along with Netflix.

Alas, there’s a monthly fee: $15 per month independent of any other services,. Like Aereo, Boxee will be offering access to all the recorded video via a Web app that should cover most services. So, it seems that Boxee, like Simple.TV, is courting the cord-never, or at least seeking to bring a bit of flavor of TV Everywhere to that crowd. Unlike Aereo, Boxee TV actually uploads recordings to the cloud, so it may be able to maneuver more deftly around legal challenges.

A more complex Time Warner Cable recalls a simpler time

When I wrote about the short-lived FLO TV, I was struck by the juxtaposition between the selection of “cable” channels that did not exist decades ago and the ease of navigation that recalled a simpler time devoid of electronic programming guides (even though the MediaFLO service did indeed have a basic one). Having checked out the Time Warner Cable iPad app, I’m struck with what Yogi Berra would describe as déjà vu all over again.

The app’s access to 30 basic cable programs delivers some of the same but a greater selection of channels than was available on MediaFLO, However, the app doesn’t even have an electronic programming guide, just a simple column of program listings, each with a smaller bit of text describing what’s on next. I’m sure the Time Warner Cable app will expand to offer, at minimum, better integration with its DVRs, but for now the experience is providing some amusing nostalgia.