Comcast and Sony get our attention today for two newly revealed and important deals involving content streaming.
All Boxee'd Up: When the FCC announced last month that it would grant Comcast a waiver to eliminate the last of the non-scrambled basic cable channels (your local channels) at year's end, we wondered why Boxee didn't start howling.
The maker of the internet content streaming and web site-surfing Boxee Box had been making quite a stink in government hearings about the plan. That because the change would have obsoleted an add-on piece delivering those same basic cable channels directly through a Boxee, without the need for an attached cable box. (All you needed was a coaxial cable split off from the incoming Comcast service line.)
But as newly reported by MultiChannel News, Comcast got Boxee to shut up by agreeing to develop a work-around product. It's a "high definition digital transport adapter with an ethernet connect" that will let Boxee customers get an internet streamed version of their local channels through the box - if certified Comcast customers, we presume.