Intel Could Be Prepping a Pay-Per-Channel Streaming TV Service
Consumers may soon be able to ditch expensive cable packages and stream only their favorite channels via the internet with Intel’s rumored TV service. According to a new report from Forbes, Intel is preparing to announce a new set-top box that will stream television and movies over the internet without an existing subscription to a cable or satellite provider, which is currently a pre-requisite for apps like HBO Go. Instead of paying for hundreds of channels as part of a bundle, users will reportedly be able to subscribe to certain networks or even certain shows — a first for the industry. The site’s “industry insiders” go on to say that the set-top box will utilize a cloud DVR system, allowing users to store and watch programs even after they’ve aired. Last year, similar rumors began to circulate about an Apple-branded TV service, however, the company encountered problems when negotiating with networks about splitting revenues. Intel, however, is investing “heavily” in its partnerships, according to the sources.
Intel’s rumored set-top box could begin rolling out to consumers as early as March, however, spokespeople for the company say the service will not be discussed at CES next week.
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By Scott Lowe