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.