By the end of December, rumors had started to surface about Intel’s intentions of joining the race for providing Internet TV, alongside Apple. Erik Huggers, General Manager of Intel Media, has confirmed that Intel is indeed working on providing internet television. “We have been working for around a year now to setup Intel Media — it’s a new division that includes a lot of people from outside of the company. We’ve hired people from Apple, Netflix, Google, BBC, etc. We’re aiming to develop an internet television platform. My opinion is that not many of those rivals have cracked it — have truly delivered” commented Erik at AllThingsD’s D: Dive Into Media conference.“For the first time, we’ll deliver a few things to consumers. We’ll deliver a new consumer electronics product under a new brand. It’s associated with Intel, but you’ll have to wait to hear what exactly that is. It’ll be an Intel-powered device with beautiful industrial design. Where it really gets interesting is here — we’re working with the entire industry. It’s an over-the-top service, delivering network channels, pay-TV channels, catch-up television, on-demand, and a host of applications.”
The package will include live television and on-demand. A camera is also set to be added, which can be used within social media forms, and or for consumer analysis. The camera does add privacy concerns, but it can be turned off by the user. Bundled offers will be available for consumers to choose from. The price is not yet confirmed, and it is expected to be launched city by city. Let’s see if Intel is able to capture the Internet Television market.
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