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Vid-Biz: Boxee, Sling, NAB

Boxee Box Remote Has a QWERTY Keyboard; the company says for people to get the most out of the box the remote was going to need to do more than just point and click. (Boxee blog) Meanwhile, Engadget goes ‘hands on’ with the Boxee Box. (Engadget)

Sling Unleashes a Placeshifting Quartet; the Sling Monitor 150, Sling Receiver 300, Slingbox 700u and Sling Touch Control remote are all new, but they won’t be available for sale direct to consumers. (Zatz Not Funny!)

NAB Says the Retrans Process Works; association praises the retransmission-consent agreements between Fox and Time Warner Cable, as well as between Fisher Communications and Bright House Networks. (Multichannel News)

Fox’s Digital Publishing Group Sold To VantagePoint; News Corp has offloaded the group that develops and manages content management and digital publishing systems for Fox local affiliate TV station websites. (paidContent)

BT Launches Hybrid Set-Top Box for BT Vision; the new set-top box for BT’s Microsoft Mediaroom-powered service will connect to existing TV antennas and also connects to BT broadband lines in order to provide access to on-demand and interactive content and services. (InteractiveTV Today)

Marseille Networks Touts Faster, Cheaper Way to Make Chips; the company says it has designed chips using a new kind of virtual prototyping tool that can cut the costs of chip development dramatically. (VentureBeat)

ReelSurfer Offers a White Label Solution for Video Search; the startup processes long-form video and turns it into short, relevant segments that are easy to watch and search through. (TechCrunch)

Tremor Unveils New Video Ad Formats; the company introduced six new ad formats, each designed to move advertisers away from pre-roll and toward greater engagement with consumers, either by letting the audience choose which ads they want to watch or by delivering a greater variety of ads. (ClickZ)

Blockbuster Starts Converting Stores to Outlets; some of its lesser-performing stores are being converted to outlet-type operations that offer only sell-through DVDs and consumer electronics for sale, but no movie rentals. (Video Business)

Dailymotion Announces Broadband TV Advertising Formats; the newly launched ad formats bring the rich, interactive experience of Web advertising to Internet connected TVs. (IPTVwatch)