“For my family [the $200 price tag] is two months of cable. The price is a non-factor.” As one of the Boxee Box blog scribes, I get to read a lot of the stories out there on the Web about the Boxee Box.
There’s been some great press and some spammy posts from far off lands that read like cryptic translations of a foreign language. But there’s also great content and even better comment threads.
In particular, the fierce folks at FierceIPTV.com wrote up a nice interview with Boxee CEO Avner Ronen. That was a nice, insightful piece that highlighted the advantages and disadvantages of the Boxee Box. For one thing, the Boxee Box is much more “open” than other platforms like Apple TV and Roku. You can just do much more with it. All kinds of Web video look great and it’s usually formatted correctly on the TV, which is, like it or not, a big breakthrough in IPTV-land.
The $200 price tag issue came up, too, as a disadvantage. To some, the price point is a flag.
But, it’s the comments section that caught my eye.
One of their shrewd readers said: “The Price is a non-factor. For my family that is two months of cable. If the box is a bust we simply go back to cable…no real monetary loss. The potential is there and worth the investment of $200 to cut the cord with the cable company. As far as content…I will gladly pay to watch shows, movies etc. The key is that I pay for what I watch and not pay for 300 channels in order to watch 5. If and when the networks figure this out they will have a new business model that will carry them into the future with younger generations. Until them (sic) the battle will remain.”
Good points, ay?
What do you think? With access to open entertainment delivery platforms like the Boxee Box by D-Link, are you willing to cut the cable cord? Please comment below.