Boxee is working on a new add-on to the Boxee Box that will come out in January. It is a live TV dongle that lets customers connect an antenna to their Boxee Box to watch channels like ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC in HD with no monthly fee. Customers can pre-order the live TV stick for $49.
In a blog posting, Avner Ronen, Boxee’s CEO and co-founder wrote, "The problem with canceling your cable subscription and relying just on the Internet has been the lack of live sports, local news, special events and live TV shows. But these things are all available on broadcast TV channels for free, over the air in HD. With Boxee Live TV you can watch them all on your Boxee Box. Yes, there are hundreds of cable channels, but make a list of the stuff you actually watch. You will probably find that most are on broadcast and the rest are available on Vudu/Netflix/Network sites."
In addition, Boxee launched the SlingPlayer app, delivering all the live and recorded content from a customer’s Slingbox to any TV connected to a Boxee Box.
With the SlingPlayer app on Boxee, Sling Solo or Pro-HD owners will be able to control their home cable box, satellite receiver, DVR and DVD players and stream all their home content to a TV connected to a Boxee Box anywhere.
According to Boxee, "It’s a good option for anyone looking to save on renting multiple cable boxes in their home, sending cable to a college dorm room, or getting their subscription at a second home without multiple expensive subscriptions."