Intel is reportedly looking to enter the cable TV arena by offering a set-top box that works over the Internet. It’s being reported as the service that will stand apart from the rest by offering per-channel subscriptions. Something that consumers have been wanting to do for a long time.
Though this story may sound exciting, I’m skeptical. Cable content providers often don’t like offering their networks on a per channel model. They like to bundle multiple channel offerings to cable providers. Because of this, Intel’s service will likely not include many of the networks people will actually want to watch.
If you happen to be interested in Intel’s device, don’t get too excited yet. The product won’t hit the market anytime soon. It’s been reported that the device is only in the beta testing phase, and an Intel spokesman has stated that they have no plans to show such a product to the public anytime soon.