Intel to Launch Cable TV Service and Set Top Box at CES 2013

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    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.
    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.

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    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.

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    Please come to my city first.

    I like options.
     
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    Can't wait to get an Intel Set Top Box with a quad core i7 :rolleyes:
     
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    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!
     
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    Drawing a blank on the last piece of Intel software I used might have been...
     
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    I'll believe it when they actually deliver a compelling content offering to anything more than a "trial" or "test" market.
     
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    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.
     
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    Interesting. Has anyone taken a look at Google Fiber?

    Seems like to me Google could also be doing something like this.
     
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    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.
     
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    Procuration is not the correct word in this context. You're looking for procurance.
     
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    Why can't Verizon Fios come to my neighborhood?? It's a nice neighborhood. They would like it there.

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    Google Fiber's tag-line should be - 'Coming to the other 99.95% of America by 2030'
     
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    Here in phx we pretty much just have cox and sat I would gladly welcome something like the intel box.
     
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    Do you have a problem with intel's processors or something?
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    No? What makes you think that?
     
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    I wouldn't be opposed to this. Intel has a very long history of very high quality products. I'm kinda excited.
     
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    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
     
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    So Intel is resorting to copying actual Apple laptops to copying rumors of potential Apple product. That's going to end well.
     
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    Drivers for hardware, and that's it. I don't know why Intel is going into cable TV. They have no ecosystem.

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    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.

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    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?!
     
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    The eyeroll at the end.
     
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    Still more than what intel has.
     

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