Intel Has Big Plans to Change How We Watch TV

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JohnVerity
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I didn't make the connection, but this Intel set-top box camera technology is no doubt the same one Intel has been using in digital signage, which can detect the age and gender of people looking a sign and which part of the sign (aka which message) they're most intersted in. Or so the story goes.

cmophil
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cmophil   3/11/2013 11:05:24 AM
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That's sort of that I'm thinking. A lot of those really popular shows are viewed directly through Hulu and other online streaming sites.

Joe Stanganelli
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Of course, the originals need to be good.  At some point an online content provider is going to learn that the hard way...

(Or has Hulu learned that already?  That site has so many originals, it's hard to keep track of them all.)

tinym
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tinym   2/28/2013 10:05:30 PM
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@Joe ahh, what a sight Comcast Originals. I wonder if they're planning shows now that other networks are proving originals work...

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tinym   2/28/2013 10:04:27 PM
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@John I read something about an Intel box elsewhere, now I know what's to come. I like the idea of watching shows later in the week without the need to record them or keep up with rerun airings. Have you seen anything about pricing for these fancy boxes?

Joe Stanganelli
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I tend to think that perhaps Comcast isn't particularly threatened by Intel specifically, but the company understands that it has serious competition from Internet and other non-traditional providers.  No doubt this fueled the decision to purchase NBC, if for no other reason than to continue to stay relevant as a content provider even if it's bottom line for its cable services is damaged.

And I wouldn't be surprised if Comcast starts offering Comcast original TV shows like Netflix and Hulu have.

cmophil
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cmophil   2/27/2013 10:57:42 AM
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Does Comcast really see Intel as that big a risk viewers-wise?

Joe Stanganelli
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Yes, I suppose having the second sheet of paper really made me seem like a bit of a hapless TV addict...whereas a cold "7 1/2 hours on Saturday" would have been less impactful.

The teacher had told us how many lines were to represent one hour of television.  Had she not set this beforehand, I would have reduced the scale of the chart significantly, so it could at least fit on one sheet of paper.

Joe Stanganelli
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And just like that, John, you have alleviated many of my privacy concerns...  If they're going to violate my privacy, then I'm going to make sure they're not going to enjoy it!

John Barnes
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Scott:  My imaginary memo to Intel about the always-on camera:

1. Think about what you typically look like while you're watching TV.

2. Think about people seeing that.

3. How much would they have to pay you to let them see that?

4. How much would they have to pay some poor schlub to see that?

5. Add numbers 3 and 4, and ask, where did this money come from?

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