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Intel (INTC) is reportedly encountering difficulty in signing up programming deals for its...

Intel (INTC) is reportedly encountering difficulty in signing up programming deals for its upcoming online TV service, with major media companies such as Disney (DIS), Time Warner (TWX), Viacom (VIA), News Corp (NWS) and Comcast (CMCSA) yet to sign on. Pressure from cable TV providers such as Time Warner (TWC) is one reason, as is a fear of damaging the current lucrative ecosystem that the content and service providers enjoy.
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  • This story is as old as commerce its self. The current power brokers making good money never what to shake things up. This is not a good old monopoly or duopoly but maybe an wink& nudge cartel.
    14 Jun 2013, 05:32 AM Reply Like
  • @BlueSeas
    "This is not a good old monopoly or duopoly but maybe an wink& nudge cartel."


    To defeat this "wink& nudge cartel." Intel should pick one of the members and make a deal that is too good to pass up.
    31 Jul 2013, 05:27 PM Reply Like
  • History is full of industries that try to protect their monopolies. It is only a matter of time. The market always wins if the government stays out of the business. The cost of cable TV is getting higher and is much higher than it needs to be for the consumer. They will eventually realize this and vote with their pocket books and their feet.
    14 Jun 2013, 06:43 AM Reply Like
  • Some people like to banty around words like "monopoly" these days, using words like that, to make a political see, these days a company, protecting it's assets and brand, and making a "dirty" profit is BAD !


    What's wrong with a company PROTECTING IT'S ASSETS AND MAKING A PROFIT ?


    Well, nothing, but when you use phrases like that, that's not politically correct, you see.


    To these people, "it's only a matter of time", before we have to be beholden to, and surrender and supplicate ourselves to, a Central Government Authority who will "share" everything, with everyone.


    And then, they think, everyone is going to get free cable, or whatever !


    Just look at Europe TODAY, and you can see, what kind of "happiness" that brings you !




    I will stick with our form of economy, Thank you.
    14 Jun 2013, 07:04 AM Reply Like
  • Kathleen! Why aren't you running for political office?
    14 Jun 2013, 11:02 AM Reply Like
  • I'm not sure why you're bringing the government into it. This is a great example of capitalism. Studios can try to use their size to avoid competing, but in this case I believe there's a shift in what consumers want and the companies that get out ahead of that will succeed. The old cable model will not still be around in 10 years.
    14 Jun 2013, 12:40 PM Reply Like
  • banter not "banty"
    14 Jun 2013, 03:14 PM Reply Like
  • Kathleen I could careless what happens to cable, I do have DISH and it is great!. I zap through the commercials and that brings me happiness.


    Actually Kathleen, TV for what we have today sucks, 15 minutes of every hour is full of commercials and I pay over $100 each month for this? Maybe you are too young to remember 3 stations on a black and white TV... then came color... and then cable!


    The premise of cable was that you were to pay for content and by doing so you could get rid of commercials and have a variety of entertainment.


    Guess what, that didn't work too well to the extent that they could not make enough money... Was it that or greed, who knows but I am doing what I can to stop viewing the commercials. As for Europe, I don't know any thing about their TV but I would be happy to have their education and medical and pay the extra 20 percent in taxes.


    Right now I pay for education through property taxes and can't use it?


    As I get closer to retirement, taking classes for the sake of keeping my mind sharp and learning sounds great, if Intel has a solution for that I am all for it because TV has become a mindless wasteland or as you say a failed ideology.


    Yes we want profit however I also want competition!
    15 Jun 2013, 12:01 AM Reply Like
  • Oh yes, our economy works for some people!


    Intel's business decisions are at issue here-not politics.
    30 Jul 2013, 03:54 PM Reply Like
  • Media is not a core business for Intel. Further, this outdated, monolithic market is going to change rapidly in the next few years.


    Intel should concentrate on chips, processors, 3-D printing, cloud computing & massive data storage, mining, distribution.


    The future is not cable TV. It's artificial intelligence, bioengineering, molecular engineering & nanotechnology.
    14 Jun 2013, 07:47 AM Reply Like
  • @DoowopDave


    "The future is not cable TV. It's artificial intelligence, bioengineering, molecular engineering & nanotechnology"


    I tend to agree with your partial list - the drift is right. I already have 999 channels and thousands of movies and old TV tapes to watch. And several thousand more chjoices is not what I'm after, especially when the only channel I ever sit down for is CNN.
    14 Jun 2013, 07:57 AM Reply Like
  • From what I understand, the Intel Media service will be for premium users who want more media than just a couple of channels
    14 Jun 2013, 10:23 AM Reply Like
  • @ KathleenWilcox631


    " it's only a matter of time, before we have to be beholden to, and surrender and supplicate ourselves to, a Central Government Authority who will "share" everything, with everyone."


    I totally agree with you in regards to the "Central Government Authority" but do you really think they will share everything with everyone?!?


    More like...they will share with us what they feel like sharing and then tell us how benevolent they are and how lucky we are that they are so good to us!


    Agenda 21 is not coming (unfortunately), it's HERE! We just don't know it yet...God help us!!!!!!
    14 Jun 2013, 08:37 AM Reply Like
  • Of course "They" will not share everything.


    Basically, there will be The Haves...Political Elites...and the Have Not's...The Rest of Us. Just look to pre-Putin USSR for a preview !


    Or, to bring it up to will have those who will get "waivers" those who will get official waivers for Obama Care, and those who will spend $100 Million Dollars for a "state trip" to Africa, and other State Parties.

    14 Jun 2013, 09:50 AM Reply Like
  • Don't forget the Star Trek IRS parties.
    14 Jun 2013, 10:09 AM Reply Like
  • The previous commenters are making a strategic mistake blaming the media creators. Intel must create the type of customer demand that drives media creators towards deals for Intel tv.


    Intel tv is doomed for this iteration. If Intel C level decides to persist, they must come up with a much better strategy.


    Maybe Intel is worth more as its parts, given Intel's C level.
    14 Jun 2013, 10:25 AM Reply Like
  • Agree with all comments, great points. No matter who/what is to blame, getting content that can compete with traditional cable is extremely difficult. So far, MSFT Xbox has the edge.


    All I have to say to INTC is: Welcome to the club.
    14 Jun 2013, 10:40 AM Reply Like
  • I have no idea if Intel will succeed in media. Further, it is not my key thesis for investing in Intel. However, I definitely think that it is worth squandering a few million to take a crack at this industry. The market is huge and ripe for a user interface revolution.


    The software interface for current media services (Comcast, DirecTV, & Netflix) is pretty bad in my opinion. Scrolling through the channel guides on the satellite and cable services is frustrating beyond belief. In point of fact, I don't bother. I use web interfaces to find shows that I might be interested in recording for viewing when it is convenient. DirecTV's iOS app in particular is pretty handy for this. However, they still don't have a clue on coming up with suggestions for my viewing pleasure, which at most is just one to three hours on a typical day.


    The biggest danger that I see may be that Intel will innovate the user interface, and then lose their subscribers as the sat and cable companies augment their on-demand content and copy the interface. However, Intel might still make a grundle on the hardware or patents used by these existing media dinosaurs.
    14 Jun 2013, 04:12 PM Reply Like
  • IF you are a stockholder of INTEL, it's nice of you to be so generous to squander the stockholder's money, in meaningless forays into dead ends.
    18 Jun 2013, 08:10 AM Reply Like
  • Yes, I am a stockholder of Intel and it is my single largest position. I have complete confidence in management to generate a return on my equity. I have read the interviews with Erik Huggers and it sounds like they have a well thought out plan. I'm not about to sell my position in a panic because I think they are running amok.


    I've followed companies into new ventures in the past and let me tell you, it's kind of nice getting a return of $100 for every $1 that was invested. I'm not looking for that kind of return from Intel at this point, but it was nice to experience while I was investing for growth vs. income at this point with a chance for some growth.
    19 Jun 2013, 03:40 PM Reply Like
  • Kathleen and Bluisyourcat you two are a pair, "Central Government Authority " RUSSIA and the USSR... you are missing the point if you think our government is too scary. Neither of you need Intel instead maybe a Kentucky militia might be up your alley.
    15 Jun 2013, 12:15 AM Reply Like
  • Thank you for adding that pithy observation and adding to our discussion, there kjjerome.
    18 Jun 2013, 08:08 AM Reply Like
  • Kathleen you are a peach!
    18 Jun 2013, 05:17 PM Reply Like
  • I want a set top box with a bittorrent live client installed. Someone out there will seed the channels I want and I will not have to pay through the nose for cable.
    16 Jun 2013, 01:39 PM Reply Like
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