Boxee embedded in HDTV
ViewSonic is the first manufacturer to announce an HDTV with Boxee software built in. The new TV is powered by the Intel Atom CE4100 processor, and runs Boxee as an app.
There’s not much to report besides that. It doesn’t appear that this is a new implementation of Boxee adding support for ATSC over-the-air and QAM cable tuners. It is just a TV with a Boxee app. But the fewer boxes we have, the better off, so that’s something.
ViewSonic press release below
ViewSonic Showcases Industry’s First Internet-Connected Smart TV Solution Running Boxee Software With IntelÂ® AtomTM Processor CE4100
LAS VEGAS, NV–(Marketwire – January 6, 2011) – CES 2011 — ViewSonic Corp. (South Hall 30873), a leading global provider of computing, consumer electronics and communications solutions, today unveiled its first connected TV featuring Boxee, software that brings intelligent capabilities to the smart TV experience. The new TV is powered by the IntelÂ® Atomâ„¢ processor CE4100, a system-on-chip designed for CE devices such as Blu-ray players, set top boxes and digital TVs.
An award sweeper at last year’s CES, Boxee provides access to a wide array of shows, movies, video, music, and photos from the Internet and their home network allowing you the freedom to watch whatever you want, whenever you want as well as providing social networking features enabling users to exchange recommendations with friends on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Buzz. For the first time, Boxee is available integrated onto a smart TV enabled device from ViewSonic. Through this partnership, consumers will have access to preferred content via a personalized account. Whether viewing TV, movies, Internet video favorite apps, or personal content from your PC, Boxee’s software enables users to access content by category, title, or source rather than by channel — including entertainment media from Netflix, Vudu, CBS, Pandora and more — simply type the name of what you want to watch and hit play.
“The CE4100 delivers processor performance for the smart TV experience, which offers rich content and application choices through integrated broadcast and Internet viewing and interaction,” said Wilfred Martis, general manager, retail segment, Intel Digital Home Group. “With the ViewSonic solution, consumers can easily access and enjoy Boxee’s ever-expanding content library on TV.”
“Consumers are watching more videos online, and are looking for technologies that enable them to watch content on their big-screen TVs instead of their PCs,” said Jeff Volpe, vice president and general manager for ViewSonic Americas. “We are leveraging our front-of-screen display expertise to provide consumers with the first and only TV to integrate the Intel Atom processor CE4100 with Boxee’s award-winning media search and streaming software.”
ViewSonic’s integrated smart TV solutions utilizing Intel and Boxee technology will be available in Q2 2011. More details to be disclosed at this time.
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