Netflix Delay on Boxee Box Gets "Awkward"
Despite earlier promises that Boxee’s fledgling web-to-TV hardware device, the Boxee Box, would offer a Netflix app by the end of last year, the startup company has faced another setback.
“We’re in a bit of an awkward spot at the moment,” Boxee wrote on its blog early Tuesday, and went on to explain that Boxee is still not offering a Netflix app on its hardware due to security issues.
“The [Netflix] app works. It’s been done for awhile now,” Andrew Kippen, vice president of marketing for Boxee, told Digits. “What we have not yet met is Netflix’s security requirement which requires sweeping changes to the underlying Boxee platform.”
He added that the company was “working to ensure that third party apps and developers can’t tamper with the Boxee Box to gain root access to the system or tamper with other apps.” Boxee has touted itself as an open-source system and says the company values the ability for anyone to build an application on Boxee.