Boxee has announced that it would add a payment system to the popular media center software this summer, allowing users to view paid content that would otherwise not be available. Content owners will be able to package and price things as they wish, including pay-per-view and subscription, giving them the ability to sell premium content, media from their existing library, or extras that won't be shown on air.

Naturally, Boxee will take a slice of the transaction, but it will reportedly be lower than the 30% that some app stores charge. The company didn't mention specific content partners, what they might offer, or how much they intend to charge, but in combination with the Boxee Box, it's a stride in the right direction for folks who want to break away from cable and satellite TV packages.

Granted, doling out cash is never fun, but it's better than being forced to pay for unwatched channels.