Akimbo Price Cuts, Act of Desperation?


Not sure what it says about the adoption of the device, but seems like Akimbo is trying hard to get more traction in the market and has has just lowered the price of their set-top box to $99 dollars, down from $229.99. These moves come at a time when Business Week poses the most important question: Can Akimbo survive bad reviews? The magazine, ponders who does Akimbo get out of the chicken-and-egg situation: few subscribers, means it doesn’t have the traction to deal with the sharks down in LA. The price cuts could help, but will they? Will this be yet another proof of my long standing belief, that Silicon Valley companies don’t really understand the consumer markets, and VCs who are chasing consumer will soon be chasing enterprise. via


Jesse Kopelman

I agree Om. Akimbo is worthless without a DVR to record your cable/satellite input. I think they should include a cable card interface so you could use this as your only box.

Om Malik

its the same problem i have with stand alone DVRs. there is very little shelf space, and i need to have it all consolidated. i think in the end, these services should be bundled as part of a bigger more comprehensive device.


These guys really are not offering anything to justify the costs of having them IMO.

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