I agree. Intel already said they will be shipping the multi-mode XMM 7160 later in the year (this was from MWC), so should be available for Haswell, Bay Trail launch. Things are definitely coming to together. Maybe Intel can do a promotion like - buy an Intel tablet, get 1 free month of Intel TV.
I think we are going to see all types of deals with discounted pricing from carriers and other players just like smartphones:
- convertible/detachable hybrids with a wide range of screen sizes
- built-in LTE
- voice over IP (Skype, Vonage, etc.)
- discounted contract-pricing by carriers and other large players (could include Google, Amazon,
Microsoft, Best Buy, Walmart, etc. (a lot of them may be reselling LTE from AT&T, Verizon,
Sprint/Clearwire, T-Mobile/Metro PCS)
- mobile anywhere/anyplace TV from Intel
Complete packages (hardware, LTE, TV including cable channels) should generate a lot of interest from people who like to consume content on-the-go.