Will it be Apple?
Will it be Google?
Or will Intel make it?
Or will it be all three?
The important thing is, that it will be somebody.
Because Intel will benefit no matter what with
the need for servers.
Internet type TV service will surely require a huge
network structure to be in place.
And this is the main reason for Intel getting involved themselves.
To mostly push the envelope and make it happen.
I liked the Chromecast that I saw yesterday though it did have an ARM processor. This is perhaps ARM's future, using older nodes to sell dirt cheap processors. The unit sells to the consumer for $35 so the processor must be selling for only a few dollars.
The thing that was neat about what i saw was that it was very simple. From a phone, tablet or PC you just click a link, select the TV and it will stream to it. The streaming doesn't come from the device to the Chromecast but rather it tells the Chromecast device what you want to look at and using WiFi it streams directly from the internet. The problem is however there is no Ethernet port which means that 1080P is compressed video. The photo sharing aspects of it are in beta. It's not a TV service like what Intel is talking about. But for $35 it seems like a nifty little toy. All you need is wifi and HDMI.