Boxee and Comcast have announced a new agreement that will let Boxee users access encrypted basic cable channels. The deal includes both a short- and long-term solution for the problem. In the short-term a “high-definition digital transport adapter with an ethernet connector” is being developed, which will grant people with an IP-capable Clear QAM box access the encrypted cable channels.
Going forward the two companies are working on creating a licensing path so that the technology can be integrated into these devices, removing the need for an adapter all together.
Boxee previously claimed that the FCC’s proposed cable encryption amounted to an “anti-consumer, anti-competitive policy change,” but it appears as though the new agreement has satisfied any complaints.