Boxee already revealed many of the details behind its all-new Boxee TV, but we were still waiting for an official launch. That wait is now over — through the holiday season, the new cloud DVR / streaming set-top box will be available exclusively at Walmart stores around the US as well as on Boxee's website, just as we heard yesterday. For those new to Boxee's latest, the $99.99 Boxee TV will combine an HD antenna for access to basic cable or terrestrial broadcast TV, streaming services like Netflix and Vudu, and a $14.99 "No Limits DVR" that lets you record as many shows as you want to the cloud and access them across multiple devices, including tablets, smartphones, and computers.
To go along with the launch, Boxee is offering a few early adopter perks: anyone who purchases Boxee TV during the "holiday season" will get three months of the cloud-based No Limits DVR for free, and will be able to subscribe to it for a discounted price of $9.99 per month afterwards.Those who buy after the holiday promotion is over will still get a free trial of the No Limits DVR so they can get the full Boxee TV experience before subscribing. Unfortunately, there's a catch — No Limits DVR service is only currently available in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Washington, DC.
Cloud DVR sounds great, but it's not widely available yet
Boxee's including a few more perks, in the form of a free three months subscription to Netflix streaming plus a $5.99 credit to the Vudu movie rental service. The company also released full details on the apps Boxee TV will run — aside from the previously announced Netflix, Vudu, YouTube, Pandora, and Vimeo apps, it'll also run Spotify, MLB.tv, TEDTalks, WSJ video, and the Cloudee video sharing service. While that all won't quite make up for the fact that Boxee TV doesn't offer a legit way to access the many premium cable channels that keep users from cutting the cord, these apps certainly help ease the sting. Boxee TV certainly represents a new path for the company, but it could be a bit of a tough sell until the No Limits DVR is more widely available.