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Intel wants to become a 'virtual cable operator'

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 12 Mar 2012 21:36 User comments (2)

Intel wants to become a 'virtual cable operator' Intel is currently developing an Internet-based TV service that will make the chipmaker a "virtual cable operator," says the WSJ.
The company is said to have been pitching the idea for months now in an effort to have media companies stream their U.S.-based TV channels over the Internet in a bundle that is similar to monthly cable/satellite subscriptions.

Intel will be creating its own set-top box to carry the service, and the box will carry the Intel name. The company has already shown off the user interface to content holders.

It appears the company wants to launch the service before the end of the year, although that goal may be unrealistic given the recent trend of cracking down on bandwidth by certain ISPs.

Intel has long stated they want to expand into the TV business but has so far been unsuccessful with their attempts. The new move would help the company expand out of its bread-and-butter business of processing chips.

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2 user comments

115.3.2012 15:39

Another set-top box?
It will fail.

215.3.2012 16:00

Intel should work to become the Virtual ISP......

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