It looks like the Chip-maker Intel will soon launch it’s own “virtual cable TV service” as well as a dedicated set-top box. Company may launch this on city-by-city basis, rather than roll out nationwide, allowing it to bypass many of the licensing hurdles.
After 2011’s failed launch of Google TV, which was supposed to be Intel’s chance to get their processors into more living rooms, the company has decided to try it on their own. “Intel was tired of everyone doing a half-assed Google TV so it’s going to do it themselves and do it right,” wrote Josh Constine.
– Likely planning an announcement during the Intel press conference at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES).
– The design sounds somewhat similar to a TiVo DVR set-top box, but with a larger amount of streaming video options.
– The service will be a mix of streaming services (content such as Redbox) and over-the-top (streamed) traditional cable channels.
– The box may also advance the idea of a DVR by tapping into the cloud.
– Potential streaming video partners for the Intel set-top box could include Netflix, Hulu Plus, Vudu, Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, EPIX, Crackle and Redbox Instant by Verizon.
– service that could potentially interest consumers who want a splash of streaming (new movie and TV show catalog) but don’t want to entirely cut cord and lose things like live sporting events.
– there’s no information available on the cost of the Intel set-top box.
Apple with it’s AppleTV and Google with it’s GoogleTV have been trying for years to attract customers to ditch cable television for set top boxes that deliver TV shows, movies and more via the internet. To be honest, i love the idea!!!