There’s a very good chance that Intel will be showing off a new device during CES 2013 in a few days time, and if the rumors are true then what they have planned just highlights the ignorance of cable companies. The device in question is said to be a set-top box and will be able to stream both movies and TV programs, but how the Intel TV service will differ is the consumer would not have to pay for a subscription and only have to subscribe to certain networks of their choosing.
In theory this sounds like a great idea and one that many consumers have been asking for a while now, proof of this is how certain consumers stream content illegally because they do not wish to pay cable companies for a service that they feel is unfair. When you subscribe to a cable service you then have access to thousands of movies and TV shows, but most consumers only watch a handful of TV shows, so why subscribe to something with all that choice when it is not needed?
If this recent rumor is true then Intel’s new TV service would allow the user to pay for just the TV networks that they wish to view, such as HBO etc or even just the shows themselves. The set-top box is said to also come with DVR, which means that you will also be able to record those TV shows and movies to watch at your leisure. Apple was said to also be trying this kind of TV service, but Apple had a few issues trying to negotiate with TV networks, so one has to wonder if Intel will encounter the same problems?
Would you subscribe to a Pay-Per-Channel Streaming TV Service? It’s obvious that the cable companies are against such an idea, but it’s clear to see that the current service has now had its day and is high time that consumers have more of a choice.