Israel's Boxee reaches pact with Comcast on streaming - Globes (click for full article) "Although Israeli start-up Boxee Inc. has been facing heavy pressure from US cable companies, it has refused to give up and has chalked up small victories as it fits into the US television market. Now it has won a big victory: in a joint statement to the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Boxee and Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMSCA), the largest cable television provider in the US, announced that they reached agreement on the free reception of content channels via Boxee's media streaming device, the Boxee Box. In early 2012, Boxee launched a designated USB standard for its streamer, which allows users to view television channels broadcast over the air. However, in the US cable companies' fight against piracy, Comcast lobbied for FCC rules that would allow it and other cable companies to encrypt broadcasts so that they would only be available via the companies' converters. They said that the measure was necessary to fight piracy."