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Samsung abandons Boxee

Samsung is laying off the entirety of its Boxee team and putting the group’s work on hold according to reports.

Samsung bought the streaming set-top box company Boxee two years ago in an effort to build a “Perfect Experience” for TV that was going to centre around a media tablet rather than a remote control; using a custom interface, it would show options for live TV alongside streaming offerings. The tablet would be used communally rather than by a single user as with most traditional tablets. The remote and experience would have been packaged with higher-end TVs in an effort to replace the traditional TV remote.

“It is our policy to not comment on rumors, speculation or personnel matters,” said a rep for Samsung, who declined to address anything specific. “What I can tell you is that in order to continuously innovate, we constantly invest in areas of our business that enhance the Samsung experience for our consumers.”

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