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Intel's Rumored TV Plans Would Compete With Apple, Google 82

Posted by samzenpus
from the getting-in-the-tube dept.
Nerval's Lobster writes "Google tried to extend its influence to televisions, an effort that largely crashed and burned. Apple executives call Apple TV a 'hobby,' although it's been long-rumored that their company has a television set in the works. And Microsoft's made a muscular attempt to conquer the living room with the Xbox, which now does a lot more than just video games. If current rumors prove correct, you can soon add Intel to that list of IT giants with an eye on televisions. According to TechCrunch and SlashGear, the chip manufacturer is prepping to unveil a first-generation television system of some sort at next month's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. TechCrunch suggests that Intel will debut the system on a city-by-city basis, similar to what Google's doing with Google Fiber, in order to maintain 'more flexibility in negotiating licensing with reluctant content providers.' (The publication's information comes from the ever-popular unnamed sources.) In essence, Intel is proposing a set-top box paired with a subscription service, which would provide a mixture of traditional programming alongside streaming content."
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Intel's Rumored TV Plans Would Compete With Apple, Google

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  • by zerosomething (1353609) on Monday December 31, 2012 @01:45PM (#42433995) Homepage
    THis isn't the 1950's where the entire entertainment system, TV, HiFi and Phonograph are all integrated into the same box. Some one make a freekin TV monitor without all the tuners and computers in it! I know you can get monitors but could someone make one that cost less than a TV with all that crap in it. Then make the gadgets to attach to the "Monitor". Maybe we could even have 2K and 4K monitors at 50" for less thank $5K?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 31, 2012 @04:12PM (#42435415)

    It is limited and fixated on the whole "walled garden" mentality.

    ... which is what the majority of people want: something that "just works" and isn't hard to use. Apple gives them this, which explains why they are the most valuable technology company.

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