NBC Secures Premier League Rights

Rob Harris, reporting for the Associated Press:

NBC's network will televise the English Premier League under a $250 million, three-year deal that begins next season.

The network will show every match from the world's most popular soccer league, taking coverage away from Fox and ESPN.

NBC's English-language networks will televise six live games a week. One or two of the company's other cable channels will be used along with NBC Sports Network, Lazarus said, but which ones have not been determined yet as schedules are evaluated. Other games will be streamed live online.

Combining NBC's announcement with the Boxee TV making its way to me in the very near future, the obstacles facing a full cable-cutting scenario in my house are depleting.

Honestly, now, the only lingering troublemaker is HBO — a company that has repeatedly expressed its unwillingness to open up a streaming-only option in the United States.

Nevertheless, despite HBO's disinterest in change, I find myself rather excited by the prospect of shedding a largely unused three figure bill each month.

Boxee Announces Cord Cutting Live TV Add-On

The Boxee Live TV Dongle (via the Boxee Blog)

As if we didn't need more evidence of the coming changes for the television industry, Boxee has just announced their Live TV add-on for the Boxee Box:

It is a Live TV dongle that lets you connect an antenna to your Box to watch channels like ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC in HD with no monthly fee. You can pre-order the Live TV stick for $49.

The dongle will begin shipping in January.