Reports: Intel TV project in trouble, talks held with Amazon and Samsung


With Intel (INTC) at risk of missing a year-end target for launching its Web-based pay-TV service thanks to stalled licensing talks, Bloomberg reports the chip giant is "seeking partnerships to jumpstart the project." In particular, a partner "with a base of Internet subscribers or rights to films and television shows."

AllThingsD reports something similar, while adding "it’s possible the project will be scrapped" if a partner isn't found. Intel is said to be talking with Amazon (AMZN) and Samsung (SSNLF.PK, SSNGY.OB) about a possible deal.

Bloomberg's sources claim the project has slowed since Brian Krzanich, who is more interested in Intel's mobile chip progress, became CEO.

Intel has bought startups to strengthen its TV efforts, and has promised novel features such as a cloud DVR service that stores every item of programming for 3 days. But reaching content deals with media giants has reportedly been tough, thanks partly to the objections of pay-TV incumbents such as Time Warner Cable.

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  • Ashraf Eassa
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    I hope that Intel cuts this away in its quest to reduce operating expenses.
    26 Sep 2013, 06:39 PM Reply Like
  • jumpnjoey77
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    It has all ready sunk a lot into this venture.
    27 Sep 2013, 04:19 AM Reply Like
  • RWMostow
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    Jump-

     

    Sometimes it is better to get a grip, take your losses, and move on.

     

    Give INTC credit for trying. Most very large businesses reach a point where they never try anything new. That's one reason why I also like MCD.

     

    Good Luck.

     

    -rwm
    27 Sep 2013, 09:07 AM Reply Like
  • wigit5
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    the oligarch that is the tv content industry will snuff any threat to its current model out it seems.
    26 Sep 2013, 06:39 PM Reply Like
  • Ashraf Eassa
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    I don't get it. Intel has modems to build and smartphones to win. Who cares about a set-top box?
    26 Sep 2013, 09:09 PM Reply Like
  • RWMostow
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    Ashraf-

     

    Exactly!

     

    -rwm
    26 Sep 2013, 10:17 PM Reply Like
  • Vickg
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    It would take a force of nature to pry loose the grip of cable/entertainment industry mafia. I know of one such person: Steve Jobs, and he is no more. Honestly, when I heard of Intel getting into this endeavor I had Zero illusions of how this would turn out. I would love to be wrong. But even now I would first expect Apple, given its fiscal -- its brand and audience -- might, to break through.
    27 Sep 2013, 12:11 AM Reply Like
  • wigit5
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    I don't care so much about intel's tv ambitions other then Id really like to have a better option then what we currently have....

     

    Option One: Give comcast money so they can come to my house once a month and kick me in the nuts.

     

    Option Two: Pay Direct TV more money for a decent TV experience but when weather is bad I have to watch a dvd...

     

    Still with Option 2 at the moment.... if they raise the prices too much more though as they said they are doing in 2014 I might just go to hulu or netflix... I'll miss shows i like but I guess I can buy the seasons on dvd.
    27 Sep 2013, 08:36 AM Reply Like
  • RWMostow
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    Wigit-

     

    For option #1 - I do hope that you have available a skilled urologist in your group of doctors. :)

     

    -rwm
    27 Sep 2013, 09:09 AM Reply Like
  • fiveoh
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    I care that they wasted money on it in the first place. I still can't figure out why...
    27 Sep 2013, 01:19 PM Reply Like
  • RWMostow
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    Five-

     

    Neither can I. Long: INTC, at least into 2014.

     

    -rwm
    27 Sep 2013, 11:05 PM Reply Like
  • KIA Investment Research
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    I would however like to see the Amazon+Intel partnership, that one could have legs!

     

    Intel's set-top box, and Amazon's content; music, movies, books, and apps!! Yes apps. Amazon needs a living room story, and this could be it.

     

    Ashraf, get on this story would ya? ;-)
    26 Sep 2013, 06:58 PM Reply Like
  • Ashraf Eassa
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    That would be nice. We'll see how it all plays out. If it sells Intel chips, then I am happy.
    26 Sep 2013, 09:10 PM Reply Like
  • Micro Focus
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    We still have 500 channels but nothing good on TV - but much higher rates. (If you're a sports nut, you may be happy; if you're a shop-aholic or gossip-queen, you might be happy but you're probably living alone. Even "history" and "science" channels are full of Bigfoot and Alien threats).

     

    In 1970 any idiot with a ladder could mount an antenna and get a TV to pull in 3 channels to watch for free. Now you have to pay $500-1000 for a decent TV and another $500-1000 a year for "service" that adds incompatible boxes, do-all/do-nothing remote controls, and lots of wires into the stream. These invariably require a weekly reboot, update, or replacement and an electrical engineer at the ready to figure out what isn't turned on or connected at this moment. I remember when having cable meant that there were no commercials in the programs. When we were supposed to be heading toward wire-less we've instead gone to wire-mess. And, oh, the power cords!

     

    Meantime perfectly good DTV tuners are wasted in the TV chassis. Eradicate the "Set-Top Box". The name tells you there's something wrong. Why am I still punching in Channel 1241? Why don't I just type "NBC" or "Breaking Bad" (not after 10 menus or some tedious touch-screen keypad). And why do I have to see all the descriptive porn titles? I've never seen a recent TV system that was user-friendly. It's no wonder everyone hates the cable/satellite/phone company.

     

    So unless Intel or anyone else fixes the fundamental problems with home entertainment and does it the way the viewer wants, people will continue to find alternative ways of getting their entertainment (hint: Internet & tablets). You'd think Hollywood had learned a lesson when Napster spanked the music industry way back when and Apple finally instilled some sanity into the bedlam.

     

    I'm not sure what natural abilities Intel has to solve these problems. Last I saw they still wanted to use the one screen to show a TV program plus Internet surfing and PC operation. So much for your 60"!
    26 Sep 2013, 07:16 PM Reply Like
  • krk
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    For receiving Free OTH (over-the-air) channels without having to clamber up your rooftop, check out Aereo.com.

     

    They recently withstood legal challenges having to do with re-transmission rights and are gradually rolling out nationwide, most recently in Dallas.

     

    With Aereo, Netflix and YouTube most can easily cut the cord.
    Perhaps, instead of Amazon or Samsung, Intel should look at partnering with Aereo.
    26 Sep 2013, 08:16 PM Reply Like
  • FreeStateYank
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    Here, here, Micro Focus! You expressed so many of my sentiments very well.

     

    I'd just add: recall, when cable was introduced the selling point, besides extra programming was that it was commercial free and would remain so! HA!
    27 Sep 2013, 05:02 AM Reply Like
  • Yokyok
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    They should probably stick to what they know.
    This is looking like another Meego.
    26 Sep 2013, 08:48 PM Reply Like
  • Chiipy-Nostradamus
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    This sounds like a science project. Content owners will always be King in the TV space, with Intel playing second fiddle. The focus at Intel needs to be on mobile chip design wins in the tablet and smart phone space....and developing the wearable space, of course. By wearables, I'm hoping a vertically integrated effort that goes beyond chips - into envisioning, developing and selling the final product itself.
    27 Sep 2013, 12:42 AM Reply Like
  • RWMostow
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    I find nothing of interest on tv. It is a big waste of time. A "time sink" for those techies reading.

     

    I have fios for internet - 50/25. Every week VZ goes nuts with direct mail begging me to add tv. The additional cost? $10/mo, and I have not bitten.

     

    I enjoy SA, my friends, books, and music, plus too many hobbies for one person to handle.

     

    Everyone: Have a great and productive day, today.

     

    -rwm
    27 Sep 2013, 09:13 AM Reply Like
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