Bloomberg: Intel nearing TV service deals with Time Warner, Viacom and NBC
It's a very poorly kept secret that Intel is looking to bust in the pay-TV business. Rumors have been circulating since at least December that the chip giant is working on its own set-top box and hopes to pair it with a "virtual cable" service that offers unbundled channels. Of course, content creators are reticent to give up the lucrative package deals they've struck, which require providers to serve up smaller outlets alongside popular ones. But the tides are starting to shift, and many are demanding that these channels be offered à la carte. According to Bloomberg, Intel is getting close to offering such a service and is reportedly closing in on deals with Time Warner, Viacom and NBC that would allow them to offer both live and on-demand content over the internet. Sources are reporting that the broad terms of the deal have been agreed to, and its only a few fine details and some financial terms that need to be finalized. Intel is also allegedly in talks with Disney, CBS and News Corp. Though, those negotiations are in the preliminary stages. If Intel can successfully land deals for CNN, Comedy Central, MTV and other properties owned by its supposed new partners then its TV experiment could stand a legitimate chance at success.
tkbrit69 Mar 26, 2013
lob apparently you dont understand what they are offering.
You honestly think one of the most profitable american tech companies is going to invest billions on a whim? They have done, most likely more, market research then you would be able to read through in your lifetime regarding this. You are what? Some random person with a skewed opinion (shocking on the internet...i know)
1. Any TV you buy now, you are limited to app provided content. You dont need quad core arm lol. Your content isnt dependent on processing power, its dependent on graphics capability. Haswell + new atom is the answer here that intel will use. 7w consumption yet can do anything the average user will use + average gamer. The current atoms already match power consumption and performance for the most part. Wait until they release the new stuff ...
2. There is a HUGE market for a la carte channels. No one watches all 100 channels. Most people would pay for 6 channels individually. If you dont understand this...maybe you shouldnt comment on topics.
There is no product or service on the market that does a la carte tv channels or a la carte tv shows. This is taking those 50 apps or websites you use to watch your content and combining it to ONE. Imagine netflix, hulu, HBOgo, ESPN + your specific channels you want to buy all combined. Makes life hell of a lot easier.
Google next time before posting ;) It helps with your interwebs cred!