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Are you still waiting to buy Iomega’s Boxee set-top box? Then maybe it’s time to look for alternatives or call your relatives in the UK: Iomega just told us that it won’t be selling the device in the U.S. but will concentrate on Europe instead.

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Remember the Iomega set-top box with Boxee’s software that was announced at CES earlier this year? The device recently started to sell in Europe, but Iomega just told us that you won’t be seeing it stateside anytime soon — or ever, for that matter. “Currently, there are no plans to launch Iomega TV with Boxee in North America,” Iomega’s Senior Director of Worldwide Communications and Public Relations, Chris Romoser, told me via email.

Instead, Iomega wants to focus squarely on Europe first, where it began selling the device in recent weeks. “The UK, Germany and Sweden are among the first countries where the product will be available, with other European countries to follow,” Romoser said. Boxee CEO Avner Rosen acknowledged the news when I contacted him on Tuesday afternoon, adding that around 35 percent of Boxee’s users are in Europe. “We have translated Boxee to 17 languages, so it comes in many flavors,” he told me.

Iomega and Boxee announced the device earlier this year at CES, with the differentiator from D-Link’s Boxee Box being an internal hard drive and network-attached-storage functionality. Check out a recent promotional video for the device below:

This isn’t the first time Boxee has had to scale back on its hardware expansion plans. A partnership with Viewsonic, which was also announced at CES, fell through completely when the company decided against building smart-TV products for an unproven market.

However, Boxee is still adding functionality to its original Boxee Box, which is manufactured by D-Link. GigaOM recently broke the story that Boxee is adding live TV functionality to the device through a TV tuner dongle, and Boxee has since confirmed that it will ship the dongle starting in January for $49.

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  1. Iomega TV with Boxee won ’t be sold in the U.S. Are you still waiting to buy Iomega’s Boxee set-top bo #voip #telcom http://t.co/PrbFRPZz

  2. Iomega TV with Boxee won’t be sold in the U.S. http://t.co/fYOmf3vo

  3. Janko Roettgers Tuesday, November 22, 2011

    more gadget news for @boxee fans: Iomega TV with Boxee won’t be sold in the U.S. http://t.co/06Aq5DoC

  4. bad news for @cordcutters: Iomega TV with Boxee won’t be sold in the U.S. http://t.co/yV3XCp5f

  5. Iomega TV with Boxee won’t be sold in the U.S. http://t.co/cng1dHJd via Janko Roettgers

  6. This is getting annoying that things are being shown to us and not even being sold in the US.

    1. Well, maybe now you And others will appreciate how everyone else feels about the thousand things available only in the US. I’m sure though that you know how to work the Internet and try and figure out how you may get one for yourself if you really want this device so badly.

  7. Iomega TV with Boxee won’t be sold in the U.S. http://t.co/CNrLHQSn

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