Reports are now coming in that Samsung has today acquired Boxee, the set-top box company for a reported $30 million. Revealed first by the Israeli site The Marker the news is yet to be officially confirmed, but reports still claim that the acquisition will include all of the companies 45 employees.

It’s not clear how Samsung would use Boxee’s technology, but it’s a safe bet that they will probably include the software within some of their future TVs.

This would make sense as Samsung’s TV software is not exactly ground-breaking, and with the help of Boxee they could make it look a bit fresher and turn it into something people actually want to use.

If we hear anything official we will be sure to update this article.

[Update] The acquisition has now been confirmed on Boxee’s website, here’s their statement:

“We’re pleased to announce that the Boxee team will be joining Samsung.

We started on this journey six years ago, and have been at the forefront of the changing TV and video landscape. We believe that over the next few years the video market will change even more than it has in the past few decades.

Joining Samsung means we will be able to work on products that marry the best hardware and software in the TV space, products that will be used by tens of millions of people and will help to shape the future of TV.

We are excited about the next chapter for our team.

For Boxee users, we’re working behind the scenes to ensure there’s minimal impact to your devices. However, the beta Cloud DVR functionality we provided to certain Boxee TV users will be discontinued on July 10th. You will not have access to your existing recordings after that date. We realize many of you loved the service, and we’re sorry it won’t be available moving forward.

We’re incredibly proud of what we’ve built, and we want to thank you for being a part of our journey.


Team Boxee”

Via: The Verge

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