With networks like CBS and ABC s DIS) blocking Google TV devices from accessing its full episodes, one has to wonder what’s in store for future owners of the Boxee Box, some of which will receive their device as early as November 11. Boxee got in trouble for accessing Hulu content early on, and it’s hard to imagine that some of the networks that decided to block Google TV won’t try to prevent access from the Boxee Box as well.
So what do the folks at Boxee think about the current Google TV incident? I got in touch with Boxee CEO Avner Ronen, who sent me a statement straight from Israel, where a good part of Boxee’s development is being done. Here’s what he had to say:
“We think that it makes much more sense for the business model to be based on the content and not on the device or the screen size. If someone paid for a video (or is watching the video with ads) it should not matter which device (or) browser he is using.”
While we’re at it, check out the video interview I recently did with Ronen:
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