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Intel inching closer to deals for pay-TV service

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 27 Mar 2013 1:39 User comments (8)

Intel inching closer to deals for pay-TV service According to Bloomberg, Intel is making headway in its talks with Time Warner, NBCU and Viacom in an effort to obtain TV and film media for its upcoming pay-TV service.
Allegedly, the media companies have signed off on the outlines of the service, but are now working out financial terms.

Intel is creating their own set-top box that would deliver content through your Internet connection and give you more flexibility in regards to what channels you want, instead of paying a flat fee for hundreds of bundled channels you may never watch. The service would offer live and on-demand channels. Intel is said to also be looking for access to a cloud-based DVR. Customers could view the content on mobile devices, as well.

The company is said to be starting negotiations with News Corp. (Fox) and is in very early stage talks with CBS and Disney.

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8 user comments

127.3.2013 5:58

All this diversification going on nowadays... it's doing my head in!

Its a lot easier being righteous than right.

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228.3.2013 14:06

No surprise there...

Although this sounds good knowing Intel, paying for the la carte will cost you more in the long run.

No thank you Intel.

328.3.2013 20:06

Originally posted by Mr-Movies:
No surprise there...

Although this sounds good knowing Intel, paying for the la carte will cost you more in the long run.

No thank you Intel.
I completely disagree. If I could buy just one channel at a time, and many people I know could, we would. heck, out over "120+ channels" on my service, I have <i>maybe</i>25 programmed in, probably fewer, with literally a handful that I watch.

429.3.2013 13:14

Time will tell. You'll probably pay $2-$4 per viewing of any show or movie just like OnDemand where they provide old programs you've already seen many times but charge you to watch them.

I thing you are wrong but Intel and others are banking on people just like you to take the hook-line-&-sinker. Then once they have you hooked we all are screwed.

We see this with Microsoft's new 360 leasing garbage which also will cost us more down the road, however like you with this there are many people that think it is good, so here we go down the marketeers Rabbit Hole.....

529.3.2013 15:45

If they do any sort of pay per view model, it will fail miserably. If they compete against the cable/dish subscription model, they have a chance. If they allow more granular channel selection but full broadcast mode with limited back viewing /dvr style access to pre-aird shows on your subscribed channels, they have a good chance of disrupting the model, and giving us more freedom in our visual indoctrination modes (aka TV viewing).

630.3.2013 0:06

That would be nice but I wouldn't hold my breath on that, especially from a money gouging company like Intel. If it sounds to good to be true? Guess what it is...

730.3.2013 11:13

This might never totally replace Cablevision, FIOS, comcast, roadrunner, etc. But I watch only a handful of tv shows. I would love to see another company offering something different. I live in NY (Long Island). Cablevision prevails with FIOS a distant second. It's almost a monopoly. I cannot stand the customer service of Cablevision. They can go to hell with their 1983 Scientific Atalanta Explorer HD8300 boxes and their 20 minute lag remotes. I welcome the competition!

830.3.2013 13:07

That's true with DirecTV boxes as well, they are horribly slow to respond too. You have to go with Tivo boxes, which they finally have again, but they don't support Whole Home network and some other nice features. But it is still worth going Tivo with DirecTV.

There are other alternatives for free on the internet but the quality isn't as good and you can't fast forward or reverse in most cases. Also you don't get sports unless you pay. I can get the old series for Once Upon a Time and Walking Dead so I go to one of several websites to view them. It works OK but the quality at most is only 720p and is limited of course by your hi-speed bandwidth as to the actual quality you get. However one could save themselves $200 a month buy using these other avenues, especially if you truly only watch a few things.

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