I continue to try to figure out what Intel wants to do here, and I remain perplexed. If this is a signal that Intel is moving away from its core competency, then it is really more of a leap. The best way to do this is move into adjacent markets, so building set-top boxes etc. makes sense. But in terms of licensing and supplying content...Apple, Amazon and now many cable operators have claimed a stake. Intel would still have to improve on existing models...maybe faster download?
Since the late .70's, Intel has repeatedly proved that they are the absolute leaders in MOS process technology and that anytime they try use it for anything except another step along the X86 path, they get their proverbial heads handed to them (along with the privledge of writing off another few $billion).
The idea of Intel as a service provider is laughable.
You would think that Intel's efforts to kill the Infineon business they bought would occupy most of their free time.
@Barbara: It seems interesting but it has desperation written all over it. We will have to wait and see if Intel's move to diversify into the services sector is fruitful. To me it doesn't seem a viable option because of the high cost and the lack of content. The only thing that will attract customers to internet TV is the content.
Intel has lots of cash. They should have good idea, develope product for it and take over some big players. That way they can have kick start and not miss opportunity like they missed it in mobile market. It is very good news.
Yeah, I'm still having a hard time picturing Intel as a "cable" provider, yet, all the reports I'm reading emphasize the content side of the market rather than the hardware. My guess is Intel is looking to emulate the Apple model of supplying devices as well as the content. But Internet content right now is existing content in a different format. If users end up paying twice for the same thing (i.e., I have cable, but I am paying to download the same program on my tablet) there is just no value to the service.
If Intel allows you to download something once and use on your TV, smartphone or tablet, that's something worth looking at. But licensing is going to be a big part of the process.
Back in 2005 Intel attempted to break into the media business market with their Intel Viiv, but that didn't take off and Intel eventually dropped the project. They probably learnt a lesson from that failure, but there are many challenges they will have to overcome before they can be able to break into that tv business.
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