Rumors regarding streaming services exploded ahead of the July 4th fireworks this week. Samsung confirmed reports that it has acquired video streaming service Boxee, with a rep saying it will "help us continue to improve the overall user experience across our connected devices." Israeli business news site The Marker broke the news Wed, pegging the deal at $30 million. Headquartered in NYC, Boxee also has staff in Israel. In fact, CEO/founder Avner Ronen served for 4.5 years in the Israeli Defense Force before he joined telecom software firm Comverse. Recently, Boxee was reportedly looking for a buyer after unsuccessful attempt to recruit investors.
Meanwhile, Apple and Time Warner Cable are reportedly nearing a deal to allow the MSO’s subscribers to access content via Apple TV. According to Bloomberg, the companies might announce an agreement within a few months. Apple is also reportedly tapping Hulu exec Pete Distad to help negotiate with cable companies. Time Warner Cable has been relatively streaming-friendly: It reached deals with Roku and Microsoft to make programming available through the streaming device and the Xbox gaming console. Time Warner Cable would only say that it doesn’t have an agreement with Apple at this time.