Today’s question of the day comes to us by way of David B., PA:
Any thoughts on how Boxee Box may be affected by the recent news that the major networks were blocking Google TV?
I’ve got a Logitech Revue Google TV in my possession, so I’ve seen the fallout firsthand (above). My overall thoughts on the GTV product and experience are still coalescing, but this is an interesting question I wanted to address now. While the studio blockade is a real pisser, I’m certainly not surprised. For folks who are, I imagine the Google TV value proposition has been severely reduced — despite the fact that television-based web browsing is merely a stop-gap until the studios and networks decide how to best present monetize their content. And, of course, that’s the bottom line. At the end of the day, it’s their property and, until told otherwise, they’ll provide it (or not) as they see fit. So prepare yourself for all sorts of browser- and transport-based discrimination. The Boxee Box will not be immune and, in fact, Boxee was one of the first services schooled by the system when network pawn Hulu shut them down. By the same token, Boxee also has the most experience in overcoming these limitations via technological means… should they choose to continue down that path. All will be revealed November 10th?