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Viewsonic Abandons Boxee TV Project

Display manufacturer Viewsonic has confirmed that it will not bring a Boxee-powered television set to the market as initially planned, because of high costs and lack of interest from consumers.

Janko Roettgers from Gigaom writes that the company had demoed a 46-inch TV running with Boxee's powerful media center software at CES in January with an initial release date for June. However this didn't happen.

Viewsonic told Gigagom: "Smart TV has not achieved the consumer acceptance or market expectation... that was forecasted over the last couple years. In addition, consumer spending for Smart TV’s in general has experienced a significant slow down as the economy has slowed. Our current strategy is to stay involved with the various technology developments and consider them in the future as they become available.”

The cost of producing the Boxee was said to be expensive but then the product uses an Intel chipset which also powers the Boxee box by D-Link as well as the Logitech Revue Google TV box whose price was slashed by more than a third from $299 to $99.

Yet, it wouldn't come as a surprise if by the end of the year, Apple releases an Apple television set with an embedded Apple TV set top box that runs on the ARM-based Apple A5 SoC.

Moving from Intel to ARM would bring costs down - that's a given - and would allow users to experience a wider variety of hardware. Unfortunately, as it stands, the software is not available for ARM.

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