Boxee Box Rebrands As Cloud DVR, Offers Free Service Tier

The Boxee Box DVR has rebranded itself as Boxee Cloud DVR in direct relation to its cloud-based digital video recording service.

The Boxee Cloud DVR not only features a new name; it also now provides five hours of DVR playback per month via the boxes free plan. Customers can also still choose to purchase an indefinite amount of storage space on a paid tier plan. Paid plans range in price from $5 to $15 per month.

The new Boxee Cloud DVR setup is currently limited to Washington, D.C., New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Los Angeles

Some suburbs surrounding those metro areas are also included with the rebranded program. The service hopes to expand to more than 20 areas for DVR functionality by the end of 2013.

At this time, the Boxee DVR recordings are limited to channels that can be received over-the-air. Users can take advantage of the included Boxee Cloud DVR antenna or purchase a more powerful antenna for better network data collection.

Boxee streams a variety of top rated services including Netflix, Vudu, YouTube, Pandora, MLB.TV, and Spotify, among others. Users must be subscribed to many of the services to receive access.

Unlimited “all-access” service for the Boxee Cloud DVR plan is $10 per month. The actual Boxee Cloud DVR box can be picked up for $99.

When Boxee first burst onto the scene there were very few competitors in the field. Since that time, numerous multimedia set top boxes have become a reality. Those boxes now include offerings from TiVo, Roku, WD, Apple, Google, and others.

With a changing landscape in the multimedia recording business and more high-tech company’s rolling out Cloud-based services, it will be interesting to see how Boxee evolves.

Are you interested in picking up the new Boxee Cloud DVR, or have you moved on to other DVR technologies.