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Intel rumored to launch set-top box, 'virtual cable TV service' at CES

Discussion in 'IPTV Hardware' started by Athlon646464, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. Athlon646464

    Athlon646464 Gold Members DBSTalk Gold Club

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    Intel rumored to launch set-top box, 'virtual cable TV service' at CES

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    "With CES 2013 just days away, TechCrunch has posted a juicy rumor that chipmaker Intel will announce a major plunge into TV, choosing to go it alone after several failed partnerships in an effort to "do it right" this time. Claiming an unnamed source in the video distribution industry, the rumor suggests a plan to deliver a set-top box with DVR, rolled out on a city-by-city basis as it negotiates channel agreements."

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  2. oldschoolecw

    oldschoolecw HarpoonIPA

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    This sounds very cool, I wonder what it will be priced at?
     
  3. Athlon646464

    Athlon646464 Gold Members DBSTalk Gold Club

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    Don't know, but it does look interesting. It can't be a bad thing if Intel gets involved in this technology.

    One rumor is Intel is entering the fray because they saw how Google bungled Google TV and Intel thinks they can do it the right way.
     
  4. sledgehammer1367066128

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    Bandwidth caps are still the key.
     
  5. oldschoolecw

    oldschoolecw HarpoonIPA

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    Hopefully Bandwidth caps are a thing of the past. I know Comcast sent me a letter that they no longer have caps on Bandwidth.
     
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    Chris Blount

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    That's good news! Glad to see Comcast is doing something right.
     
  7. Jan 2, 2013 #7 of 16
    Athlon646464

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    Update (More info)

    Intel Is Reportedly Going To Destroy The Cable Model By Offering People The Ability To Subscribe To Individual Channels

    Read more: http://www.businessi...1#ixzz2Gq9xrrgU

    Excerpt:

    "Clay says Intel is planning to deliver cable content to any device with an Internet connection. And instead of having to pay $80 a month for two hundred channels you don't want, you'll be able to subscribe to specific channels of your choosing.

    Here's the key paragraph:

    This set-top box, said by industry insiders to be available to a limited beta of customers in March, will offer cable channels delivered “over the top” to televisions anywhere there is an Internet connection regardless of provider.

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    Athlon646464

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    It's hard to understand how they will make deals with content providers for sure, but this is a start.

    We've been here for the beginning of the end of CATV as we know it.

    This thing from Intel could be the middle of the end.......

    Interesting indeed.
     
  9. Jan 2, 2013 #9 of 16
    sledgehammer1367066128

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    Of course that depends on the quality of the connection.

    Then we have the price of the box and the price of subscriptions.

    What about recording/saving?
     
  10. Athlon646464

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    The article talks about a DVR 'in the cloud'.
     
  11. oldschoolecw

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    Since it's NFL Playoff time, I want to say this story with Intel gives me a little goalpost in my shorts, if this story is true cable and dish providers are in for a big hurting.
     
  12. sledgehammer1367066128

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    Not sure I want it there. That might mean they could decide to delete after a time or charge me to Play it Again, Sam.
     
  13. Athlon646464

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    Those are the kinds of cost/benefit things that will cause folks to decide whether or not they will want the service. What I like about this news is that the idea is out there and actually being discussed by a player with some money and clout. CATV as we know it will have to adjust. So will the content providers.

    Amazon, Netflix etc creating their own series was startling a few years ago and now it is a reality. My guess is that 5 years from now things will be very different.
     
  14. sledgehammer1367066128

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    http://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyclay/2012/12/30/why-intels-new-iptv-service-will-do-what-google-apple-and-microsoft-cant/
     
  15. oldschoolecw

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    Update today at CES

    Intel confirms partnership with Comcast, brings Xfinity TV viewing to Intel-based devices
    http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/07/intel-confirms-partnership-comcast-xfinity-tv/
     
  16. Draconis

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    Another article on it.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyclay/2012/12/30/why-intels-new-iptv-service-will-do-what-google-apple-and-microsoft-cant/
     

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