Intel Preps Set Top Box with Streaming Content
Recently, Apple CEO Tim Cook changed his tune on the Apple TV, upgrading it from "a hobby" to something far, far more interesting. It's unclear if Apple and Intel are about to hit the pay-TV world at about the same time, but at least Intel looks poised to do some moving and shaking soon. Reportedly, Intel's services will begin as a slow rollout to certain cities, similar to how Google has focused its Fiber rollout to the Kansas City region. The box may also advance the idea of a DVR by tapping into the cloud, and Intel seems dead-set on getting its processors into the living room.
Evidently, Intel wasn't too keen on trying to shove chips into half-hearted Google TV boxes, so it decided to take matters into its own hands. In sum, we could see an Intel STB as well as a partner subscription TV service that could potentially interest consumers who want a splash of streaming but don't want to entirely cut the cord and lose things like live sporting events. It could be the hybrid compromise that the industry has been longing for, and it would almost certainly give Intel another major revenue stream as people move away from desktops and towards tablets -- a place where Intel just hasn't made an impact yet.