Boxee has become famous as a scrappy Internet startup that promises to bring all of your favorite local and remote video content together along with an attractive user interface. Its weak spot, however, is that it can’t support live TV or content encrypted by DRM. A new deal with Widevine Technologies might have solved their troubles.
Widevine brings a number of its technologies to the table, including adaptive streaming, which dynamically changes the bitrate of streaming video as available bandwidth moves around. It also adds what Widevine calls “virtual DVD controls” which brings the ability to pause, fast forward and rewind Internet video.
The news comes right on the heels of Boxee’s announcement that they’ve partnered with Sonic Solutions, which provides the digital content and tech for companies like BestBuy, Blockbuster and RoxioNow.
Given the news that Boxee’s first retail box, the Boxee Box, has been delayed until November, extra content might go a long way toward mollifying its users.
Widevine also provides the technology a number of companies use to offer streaming video via their own portals, including AT&T, Blockbuster, Netflix and DISH Network.