Register FAQ / Rules Forum Spy Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Go Back   MacRumors Forums > News and Article Discussion > MacRumors.com News Discussion

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Dec 30, 2012, 10:39 PM   #1
MacRumors
macrumors bot
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Intel to Launch Cable TV Service and Set Top Box at CES 2013




According to TechCrunch, Intel is planning to launch its own virtual cable TV service and set top box in the near future. The news comes at a time when rumors of Apple's own television service have been becoming more frequent.

To combat licensing issues, Intel has decided to roll out the service on a city-by-city basis rather than launching nationwide, allowing Intel to negotiate for control of smaller markets with content providers, who have been reluctant to hand over valuable licensing rights.
Quote:
A source in the video distribution industry directly familiar with Intel's plans and content dealings tells TechCrunch the semiconductor company is dead serious about getting its chips into the living room. After its effort to convince smart TV manufacturers to use its chips in the initial launch of Google TV failed a few years ago, it's decided to go it alone. The source said that Intel was frustrated with "everyone doing a half-assed Google TV so it's going to do it themselves and do it right."

The plan is to create a set-top box and subscription TV service that would appeal to people who want streaming TV access but don't want to entirely cut the cable cord and lose key content like sports.
Like Intel, Apple has been said to be working on a similar set up for its rumored Apple-branded television set, an idea that was made famous by Walter Isaacson's biography on Steve Jobs, when Jobs expressed his desire to revolutionize the television industry.

Since then, the Apple television set has been the source of much speculation, and it is believed that Apple is hoping to include features like Siri and FaceTime, as well as content from third party providers and motion control.

Apple has faced problems with content procurance, which may be why the much rumored TV has yet to make an appearance. There have been similar rumors about a more robust version of the Cupertino-based company's existing Apple TV set top box, but that too has yet to be seen.

As of mid-2012, Apple has been rumored to be in talks with cable services like Comcast and Timer Warner Cable, though no content deals seem to have been made public.

The Wall Street Journal (via TechCrunch) notes that Intel has also had problems securing content deals, with content providers unwilling to offer television channels piece meal because of contractual barriers set in place by cable providers. Intel's city-by-city launch aims to allow content providers to experiment with access in less restrictive markets.

Intel's cable TV service and set top box may launch as soon as January 7 at Intel's CES event, according to tipsters. There's still no word on when an Apple television might be announced.

The most recent rumors state that Apple's Foxconn factories are currently testing several television set designs, in the 46-55 inch range.

Article Link: Intel to Launch Cable TV Service and Set Top Box at CES 2013
MacRumors is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 30, 2012, 10:41 PM   #2
nuckinfutz
macrumors 603
 
nuckinfutz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Middle Earth
Please come to my city first.

I like options.
nuckinfutz is offline   5 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 30, 2012, 10:47 PM   #3
jvpython
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: New Zealand
Send a message via Skype™ to jvpython
Can't wait to get an Intel Set Top Box with a quad core i7
__________________
2013 13" MacBook Air 1.3GHz i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD
iPhone 4S 32GB; iPad mini 32GB; Apple TV 3rd gen
Website: http://www.cappsdev.com
jvpython is offline   6 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 30, 2012, 10:49 PM   #4
deannnnn
macrumors 68000
 
deannnnn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: New York City & South Florida
My hopes aren't high for something that special from Intel, but I'm definitely interested in what Apple can do.

I moved to a new apartment this month where Verizon FiOS is available, so I'm currently still reveling in what was a huge upgrade from my old Time Warner Cable TV services!
__________________
MacBook Pro (Retina) / iPhone 5S
deannnnn is offline   5 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 30, 2012, 10:53 PM   #5
damir00
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Drawing a blank on the last piece of Intel software I used might have been...
damir00 is offline   3 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 30, 2012, 10:53 PM   #6
topmounter
macrumors 68000
 
topmounter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: FEMA Region VIII
I'll believe it when they actually deliver a compelling content offering to anything more than a "trial" or "test" market.
__________________
iLoveDrones.com
topmounter is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 30, 2012, 10:53 PM   #7
Bill Killer
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Quote:
Originally Posted by deannnnn View Post
I moved to a new apartment this month where Verizon FiOS is available, so I'm currently still reveling in what was a huge upgrade from my old Time Warner Cable TV services!
I'm my eyes, FiOS is the benchmark for what cable services should strive for. They've got the best selection of channels combined with the most appealing UI of any services.
Bill Killer is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 30, 2012, 10:56 PM   #8
kjs862
macrumors 65816
 
kjs862's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Interesting. Has anyone taken a look at Google Fiber?

Seems like to me Google could also be doing something like this.
kjs862 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 30, 2012, 11:08 PM   #9
ProVideo
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
I'm sure NBC Universal/Comcast will be very open to this idea and will surely give Intel a fair price for content from NBC, USA, NBC Sports, Bravo, MSNBC, Telemundo, E!, etc.
ProVideo is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 30, 2012, 11:15 PM   #10
wharzhee
Banned
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: texas
i can't wait!!!
wharzhee is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 30, 2012, 11:15 PM   #11
SeaFox
macrumors 68000
 
SeaFox's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Somewhere Else
Quote:
Originally Posted by Techcrunch View Post
The plan is to create a set-top box and subscription TV service that would appeal to people who want streaming TV access but don't want to entirely cut the cable cord and lose key content like sports.
SeaFox is offline   13 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 30, 2012, 11:17 PM   #12
louiek
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Knutters Knoll, Melbourne
Procuration?
louiek is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 30, 2012, 11:18 PM   #13
Plunch
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Procuration is not the correct word in this context. You're looking for procurance.
Plunch is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 30, 2012, 11:29 PM   #14
Oneness
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Cowtown
Why can't Verizon Fios come to my neighborhood?? It's a nice neighborhood. They would like it there.

----------

Quote:
Originally Posted by kjs862 View Post
Interesting. Has anyone taken a look at Google Fiber?

Seems like to me Google could also be doing something like this.
Google Fiber sounds great - if you live in Kansas City, oh, I'm sorry, make that - if you live in certain neighborhoods of Kansas City.

Google Fiber's tag-line should be - 'Coming to the other 99.95% of America by 2030'
__________________
Wii=0661 8841 3605 0331
'Do you believe in God?'
'Yes, and He believes in me'
Oneness is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 30, 2012, 11:36 PM   #15
TouchMint.com
macrumors 6502a
 
TouchMint.com's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Phoenix
Here in phx we pretty much just have cox and sat I would gladly welcome something like the intel box.
__________________
TouchMint.com is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 30, 2012, 11:43 PM   #16
gotluck
macrumors 68020
 
gotluck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: East Central Florida
Quote:
Originally Posted by jvpython View Post
Can't wait to get an Intel Set Top Box with a quad core i7
Do you have a problem with intel's processors or something?
__________________
iPad Air LTE 7.1b3 JB (T-Mobile) - GS 4 Google Edition 4.4.2 ART (AT&T) - Windows 7 PC & HP 8740w - iPhone 4 6.1 JB
gotluck is offline   3 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 30, 2012, 11:45 PM   #17
osaga
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
So lintel is going to be making new boxes for comcast or some other cable provider, that also happen to allow subscribers to watch streaming content? Is that what this is? gross.

apple should buy Verizon's fiber network. Then content providers would have no choice but to play ball. Then roll it out nationwide so everyone has 100mbs connections.

anyone know if its possible to have an enjoyable streaming experience with a 12mbps connection? including streaming live content, and channel surfing?

over the air hdtv is a breath of fresh air compared to streaming anything.
osaga is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 30, 2012, 11:50 PM   #18
OriginalMacRat
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Quote:
Originally Posted by TouchMint.com View Post
Here in phx we pretty much just have cox and sat I would gladly welcome something like the intel box.
You do realize that is would still require you to buy TV from Cox, right?

It's just yet another cable box with added features.
OriginalMacRat is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 30, 2012, 11:55 PM   #19
jvpython
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: New Zealand
Send a message via Skype™ to jvpython
Quote:
Originally Posted by gotluck View Post
Do you have a problem with intel's processors or something?
No? What makes you think that?
__________________
2013 13" MacBook Air 1.3GHz i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD
iPhone 4S 32GB; iPad mini 32GB; Apple TV 3rd gen
Website: http://www.cappsdev.com
jvpython is offline   3 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 30, 2012, 11:56 PM   #20
G51989
macrumors 68020
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: New York State
I wouldn't be opposed to this. Intel has a very long history of very high quality products. I'm kinda excited.
G51989 is offline   4 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 31, 2012, 12:28 AM   #21
Radio
macrumors 65816
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Central California
Ces2013 will suck.

Apple will not succeed with their tv

People won't pay more for cable tv

Cable tv is in the drivers seat
__________________
iPhone 5 32gb black; iPad (3rd Gen) 32 gb black -- iPhone 4 32 gb black-- iPod classic 64 gb
Radio is offline   3 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 31, 2012, 12:29 AM   #22
Consultant
macrumors G5
 
Consultant's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
So Intel is resorting to copying actual Apple laptops to copying rumors of potential Apple product. That's going to end well.
Consultant is offline   3 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 31, 2012, 12:37 AM   #23
Morshu9001
Banned
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: the capital of Assyria
Quote:
Originally Posted by damir00 View Post
Drawing a blank on the last piece of Intel software I used might have been...
Drivers for hardware, and that's it. I don't know why Intel is going into cable TV. They have no ecosystem.

----------

Like Apple cable TV, don't like the Apple TV set. It's pointless when you can just have an Apple TV box on a regular TV. Knowing Apple, the Apple TV set will probably be too hip and cool for composite or component input, making it half-useless to me if I were to buy one.

----------

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bill Killer View Post
I'm my eyes, FiOS is the benchmark for what cable services should strive for. They've got the best selection of channels combined with the most appealing UI of any services.
FiOS has great service, but the comment on their UI almost made me laugh. There's a ridiculous amount of clutter everywhere with all this widget BS and other stuff flying at you. The DVR features are a bit sketchy. To use your iPhone/iPod as a remote, you have to get their app, which is pretty clunky (and was way, way worse before a recent update). The also spelled "search" as "seach" in the movie selection UI. And to make matters worse, the box crashes sometimes, especially when dealing with Amazon video. Once it crashes, you can't use an iOS remote app with it unless you go and hit a button on the real remote, which is a pain for me since my box is in the basement.

But they do have a great selection of channels and movies. The actual service is great if you ignore the customer service, which is pretty much nonexistent. I called about the DNS lookup failing very often on the ISP service in FiOS, and they told me I had to PAY to get that kind of tech support. WTF?!

Last edited by Morshu9001; Dec 31, 2012 at 12:42 AM.
Morshu9001 is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 31, 2012, 12:40 AM   #24
gotluck
macrumors 68020
 
gotluck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: East Central Florida
Quote:
Originally Posted by jvpython View Post
No? What makes you think that?
The eyeroll at the end.
__________________
iPad Air LTE 7.1b3 JB (T-Mobile) - GS 4 Google Edition 4.4.2 ART (AT&T) - Windows 7 PC & HP 8740w - iPhone 4 6.1 JB
gotluck is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 31, 2012, 12:45 AM   #25
kjs862
macrumors 65816
 
kjs862's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Quote:
Originally Posted by Oneness View Post
Why can't Verizon Fios come to my neighborhood?? It's a nice neighborhood. They would like it there.

----------



Google Fiber sounds great - if you live in Kansas City, oh, I'm sorry, make that - if you live in certain neighborhoods of Kansas City.

Google Fiber's tag-line should be - 'Coming to the other 99.95% of America by 2030'
Still more than what intel has.
kjs862 is offline   1 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > News and Article Discussion > MacRumors.com News Discussion

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:49 PM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC