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Started Jan 3, 2013 | Discussions thread
Jim Cockfield
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Sound like "vaporware" so far
In reply to malch, Jan 3, 2013

malch wrote:

Jim Cockfield wrote:

As the old Wendy's commercials asked, "where's the beef"?

There are tons of companies making set top boxes anymore, including a number of them using Intel Chipsets.

Heck, you can buy a $50 Android 4.0 based device with a decent ARM based CPU, 1GB of DDR3 and more now that comes with Google Play, XBMC, ability to use Netflix, etc.

So, programming is the question.

Totally agree. This article would be a big yawn except for claim about the ability to subscribe to individual channels.

Originally, the content producers had a single channel of distribution to the consumer -- the cable company. That's how we ended up with the system we have.

IP changes all of that and the cable company bundles just don't make sense any more. The old system needs to be disassembled (i.e. smashed with a wrecking ball). The sooner we start that process the better. And maybe Intel has the muscle to do it.

Maybe it will fizzle and fail (this time) but I'll still salute Intel for trying.

It sounds like "vaporware" so far.  Even the article you linked to says this about it:

"Update: Intel is scheduled to hold a press event at CES, but a spokesperson has clarified that the company will not be announcing anything related to this product or holding any public demos."

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

IOW, it doesn't sound like they've nailed down content providers from what I make of the announcements.   Google, Apple, Netflix, Hulu and others have been going after the same market for a long time.  Perhaps Intel will have better luck.  But, I haven't seen any "meat" in their announcements so far.

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