Press for Boxee

Last week in our long-running Web Faceoff series we wanted to know which smartphone would win in a knock-down, drag out fight: the HTC EVO 4G or the new iPhone 4?

Sonic Solutions® (Nasdaq: SNIC) and Boxee today announced an alliance to provide consumers new options for accessing premium content on a range of next-generation, connected devices. As part of the collaboration, Boxee would license the RoxioNow™ entertainment platform in order to power premium entertainment storefronts through its Web-to-TV desktop application, as well as upcoming set-top boxes, TVs, and mobile devices running Boxee, pending device review by content providers.

Boxee, the innovative software solution that puts the Internet on your television, has long been among the brightest lights in the strange hinterland inhabited by users of AppleTV.  Friday, the company announced a new partnership with Wolfgang’s Vault, the virtual motherlode of live music recordings, that immediately sweetens the pot for those intrepid souls who dare to invite the Internet into the living room.

Google’s launch into the living room with the introduction of its Google TV could threaten Boxee, Roku and other broadband-connected set-top makers. But despite the fact that the search giant’s TV platform could compete directly with the startup’s upcoming Boxee Box, Boxee CEO Avner Ronen said at TechCrunch Disrupt today that the launch of Google TV could also present an opportunity for the startup.