Boxee (makers of the Boxee Box) is one of the companies to watch in 2010. They're a leading proponent of delivering connected media experiences and, according to this blog entry (via SlashGear) they're getting ready to add paid content to their platform.
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This summer, content providers will be able to charge via the Boxee payment platform. Users will be able to make one-click purchases of movies, shows, and television channels. Content owners will have a wide variety of options for pricing and packaging. Pay-per-view and subscription packages will both be possible.
Boxee will charge a small fee for the use of their platform. The exact amount isn't given, but they did promise that it will be lower than the 30% charged by many app stores. Ad-supported content was also listed as a possibility. Boxee clearly wants to give content providers (and customers) as many options as possible.
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The company believes (correctly) that the Internet represents the new future of broadcast content distribution. People want their old media, but they don't want to be forced into a cable or satellite contract in order to get it. Giving consumers more options makes them less likely to steal their media. At least, that's what Boxee's betting on.