A couple of days ago we reported on a rumor that Intel could be set to debut a set-top box and a TV subscription service of their own come CES 2013. Unfortunately according to a new report by the Wall Street Journal, it looks like if that was one of the things you were looking forward to seeing at CES 2013, you could be disappointed. The publication has reported that Intel would be delaying the debut of their product because they are having a hard time trying to convince companies to license out individual channels. Given that Intel’s experience lies more in the backend side of things rather than creating consumer friendly devices, we can’t say that we’re surprised.
The report also quotes one cable operator who claims that unlike licensing a bundle of channels, licensing individual channels would be a lot more expensive and that his company and Intel were far from reaching an agreement. However the report also states that Intel has already managed to land one content deal but their sources declined to mention as to who that partner is. Either way since the previous report was merely a rumor, we guess it’s hard to be disappointed, but we’ll keep our eyes peeled nonetheless.
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