Any questions about where Boxee may be heading could have been answered with the latest user survey. The questions surround premium content that it seems they are thinking of making available to users.
What kind of premium content? The best kind – pay-per-view, sports, and premium channels like HBO. The gist of the survey surrounds what users are willing to pay for this type of content. They are even floating the idea of NFL games on PPV – in fact, that’s the one listed in the survey. In terms of premium channels, HBO and Showtime are names.
So, can they pull off actually adding such content? HBO and Showtime are a possibility, but the NFL seems much more difficult, especially since they have a deal in place with DirecTV for Sunday Ticket. It’s not out of the question, just a more difficult negotiation. I have been waiting for this – a pay-per-view game is long overdue. There’s seriously no reason for anyone to buy EVERY game of EVERY team in order to watch one team’s games. It’s much more economical to pay for your game than to pay for DirecTV (plus Sunday Ticket).