Boxee Available at Walmart Retail

October 31, 2012

It was reported today by Bloomberg news that Walmart will be the sole retail distributor for the new Boxee box. While the report stated that the Boxee would be available starting tomorrow, November 1st, I saw it at my local Walmart today. There were two units on the shelf available for sale at $98. The Bloomberg report also stated that Walmart would “set up displays” for the new Boxee box but that was not the case in the store today. The Boxee was smack in the middle of the other streaming boxes at Walmart. Some of the other boxes for sale at Walmart retail included the Roku 2 and HD, the D-Link MovieNite and WD TV Live (which I noticed at Walmart for the first time). There was very little inventory for all of the streaming boxes there. Given November is upon us, I would expect Walmart to be stock up soon.

The new Boxee features a the “”No Limits DVR”, a cloud-based digital video recorder with virtually no storage limits and the ability to stream content to a variety of web connected devices.

To wrap up, it’s a big win for Boxee as it gives them access to a huge number of retail stores. However, on the other hand, it also means they won’t be available at retail outlets such as Best Buy which carries the previous version of the Boxee. Enjoy the pics of the retail packaging below:

Update (11/1/12): Boxee also announced on-line sales of the Boxee box today via email. It’s $99 and they expect to ship starting next week. One thing that surprised me was the following quote on the order page, “Boxee TV’s DVR functionality is currently not compatible with basic cable TV feeds.”  Stay tuned…  I’ve heard from Boxee and they pointed out that you can watch live TV with the new Boxee just not use the DVR. Boxee stated that recording basic cable is one of the things they are working on.

Tags: Boxee, dvr

3 Responses to Boxee Available at Walmart Retail

  1. Sam Biller on November 1, 2012 at 7:39 am

    It will be interesting to see whether Boxee will be able to convince users to shell out $15/mo for a DVR that only records OTA or broadcast QAM. I’m not sure how much additional cost a CableCARD adds but lack of the majority of cable channels seems like a tough sell to the general public. I see the possibility of fairly high churn with this sort of arrangement.

    From a technology and legal point of view, it will be interesting to see what sort of Quality of Experience (QoE) Boxee is able to deliver with their Cloud DVR. There is also a lot of speculation and debate between the various tech bloggers about the method Boxee is using to record the channels while requiring a very narrow upstream pipe from the home. This may lead to some legal challenges from some content owners.

    • Gabe Gagliano on November 1, 2012 at 9:12 pm


      See update above. Apparently it does not support QAM yet. I also think the $15 price monthly charge is too much for a partial line up. Also, there does not appear to be a monthly commitment and given the low hardware cost, it will be challenging for the service to be “sticky”. Regardless of the challenges, I do like the concept of a cloud DVR.

  2. Michael on November 1, 2012 at 10:04 am

    I am currently a TiVo Premiere and blutooth keyboard remote owner. I cut the telephone and cable cord and went over-the-air and over the wall a year ago when TiVo offered $10 per month service if your were using only an antenna. Two months ago I added a Roku to the mix. Boxee would be a step backwards for several reasons;

    No 5.1 recording
    No access to Amazon Prime
    No key board on the remote
    Extra five dollars per month

    Sorry no sale.

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