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Started Jan 3, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: I'd prefer that Intel fails...

Jim Cockfield wrote:

Well... personally, I'd prefer that Intel fails, and one of the vendors that have apps available for Android succeeds instead.

That's because you can buy *very* inexpensive devices (around $50 now for generic ones) capable of running apps like Hulu, Netflix, Crackle, etc.. I bought a set top box not long ago running Android 4.x myself that's capable of running a lot of different apps with a variety of different content available, with both analog and hdmi outputs, USB hosts ports, apps that can use network shares, and more.

So, I don't want to spend a lot more money to get an Intel based device for that purpose, and I'd prefer that content providers that have Android based apps running on inexpensive ARM based solutions succeed in offering better content.

I don't think it matters whose chip is used. Most likely, we'll end up with a choice anyway.

This isn't really about the competing compression and encoding schemes. Or even technology. It's a question of how content is distributed to consumers. Do we continue with an oligopoly that imposes huge bundles, or do we provide a channel that allows consumers to purchase only the products they want.

That's what iTunes did for/to the music industry. Once Apple cracked open the nut, other alternatives followed (Amazon, Spotify, etc.).

It will take someone with serious clout and determination to get the ball rolling (Intel, Google, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft or whatever). Once they do, others will follow and we'll have competition where there is currently none.

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