Did they Or didn’t they???
Open question so far as hardly no one knows … What it really has to offer. Technologically it can be done. Bits are bits, so all you need is high speed internet, load and go. The channel selector becomes a relic of the past … ROKU could do this right now, but license fees block them. Per subscriber fee network cable must go first!!!
When your cable company decides they just want to offer bits for sale ….
What about carry fees? Most have not been able to take that on head-on.
Visualize the TV service you’ve always wanted: a gorgeous interface that does away with clunky (and often ad-strewn) programming grids; a simple remote that isn’t a crushing array of buttons; a cloud-based DVR that doesn’t require you to hit “record”; algorithms that learn what you like and recommend new shows; an easy sync with social networks; effortless co-viewing with friends far away; video on tablets, phones and other devices with screens; and the seamless integration of traditional TV and what’s on the web.
Now imagine all of that comes in a beautiful box with a front-facing camera and the kind of industrial design that makes you not want to hide it in a cabinet.
This device is built. And it is in the hands of a select few secret testers at media companies, agencies and, of course, Intel’s Santa Clara, Calif., headquarters.
About a year ago, Intel established Intel Media to build an “over-the-top” TV service, joining streaming-video players such as Netflix and Hulu. Its service, however, will be the first to deliver a full array of cable TV channels over the internet.
Intel has not announced a name, a price or a release schedule more specific than some time this year, but those who have seen it describe it as a significant advance over any existing cable or satellite platform. “I’m impressed because Intel makes chips; no one expected them to come out with a product like this,” said Michael Bologna, head of advanced TV at Group M, who has spent several hours with the box.
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