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R.I.P. Boxee: 3 lessons to learn from Boxee’s demise

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by sbiller, Jul 6, 2013.

  1. moedaman

    moedaman New Member

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    Doesn't Cable Labs have to approve software as well as hardware? Is there enough money to be made by third party guide makers to go out and get approved by Cable Labs? My Hauppauge tuner can schedule ota recordings via Titan TV, but what about CC tuners? And without a big name like MS being involved, would Cable Labs even bother?
     
  2. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Active Member

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    Ellicott...
    Cable Labs certification has nothing to do with guide data. I believe it's only required to certify software and hardware that works with any device using a cablecard. Otherwise, many third party DVR apps could be used with cablecard tuners other than Windows Media Center. The cost to get the software certified is way beyond the means of most third party developers, which is why WMC is currently the only game in town when it comes to cablecard tuners for a PC.
     
  3. moedaman

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    Which is why I said that with MS no longer investing in Media Center, pc dvr's have an uncertain future. Unless you're strictly ota I guess.
     
  4. magnus

    magnus Tivo User

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    It already has. They will discontinue service on the 10th of July.
     
  5. mattack

    mattack Active Member

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    Boxee: You're nice, Roku.

    Roku: Thanks, Boxee.
     
  6. buscuitboy

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    From what I have read, their cloud DVR system/option will be shut down sometime this month (July, 2013). Therefore, I also suspect that ALL future upgrade support (new firmware, fixes, features, etc.) for this box is also pretty much dead.

    I had briefly thought about getting a boxee box several times, but the price point they were at ($140+) did not fare well for me compared to some other media streaming boxes. I wound up getting a WDTV Live device for $69 and it has been great for my needs.

    Streams just about any format, has pretty much all the streaming services I could ask for (except Amazon Prime), built in wireless (as well as hard wired) and has great networking features (that I stream files from numerous home PCs). A much worthy product in my opinion. I almost even got a Roku over a Boxee so they were really 3rd in line for my taste.
     
  7. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Active Member

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    Ellicott...
    Media Center DVRs will survive long after MS drops support for Windows 7 or 8. As long as you can run compatible hardware and have a source for guide data, they can be used indefinitely. There are several third party media center front ends that will work with cablecard tuners. They just can't record DRMed content and probably won't due to the Cable Labs certification requirement. However, if you're fortunate enough to have a provider that flags all content as copy freely (all but premium channels, that is), such as FIOS, you can use one of the alternate front ends instead of Windows Media Center. Media Portal just announced support for cablecard tuners and MythTV and one or two others already support them.
     
  8. bmgoodman

    bmgoodman Member

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    Nicely played, sir, nicely played! :p
     
  9. moedaman

    moedaman New Member

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    Thanks for the info.
     
  10. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    The DVr recordings are gone now. When I go to the webpage that had my recordings I see the
    page now.

    The Boxee TV still has access to the apps. Netflix was working, Pandora, Vudu and of course LiveTV. if you want to get that retro feel of watching TV like it's the 70's or earlier.
     
  11. kettledrum

    kettledrum Member

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    I literally LOLd at this one. :up:
     
  12. b_scott

    b_scott TiVo Fan

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    Liked Boxee Box at first. Then it started freezing after being left running awhile. Then they stopped doing updates. Then I stopped using it. Recently sold it after 6 months of not using it during which time I built an HTPC.
     

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