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CES 2013: Intel Shows IP-Based Cable Distribution Hub, No Cable Service Yet

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The whole idea behind IP-based cable is that you have one box at the entry point of your house that essentially acts like a big router, streaming linear video over your home network to any connected device with the proper app to recieve it, like a PlayStation, Xbox, home computer, or a Smart TV. As it turns out, Intel’s new IP cable hub, which is the result of a partnership with ARRIS — the new owners of Motorola’s cable box business — and Comcast, did debut at CES after all, and it sounds like it’s going to be a cool take on the concept:

Working closely with service providers like Comcast allows us to bring exciting new entertainment experiences to tablets, phones, all-in-one PCs and Ultrabook devices,” said Alan Crouch, Intel vice president and general manager, PCCG Service Provider Division. “Intel-based multi-screen video gateways in the home from innovative OEMs like ARRIS allow people to watch both live TV and on-demand shows whenever they want on their new Intel-based devices.”

Intel has been rumored to be developing their own independent internet-based cable service, but have likely run into the same problems that Microsoft and Apple have trying to do the same thing. Existing cable providers are eager to move as far away as possible from expensive cable boxes, and by reducing their networks down to a router, and leaving the actual decoding to BYOCableboxes, it’ll not only be easier and more versatile for the customer, but save them tens of millions of dollars a year.

Via: [Intel Press Room]

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