Intel confirms its Internet television-set top box plans for 2013 launch

Rumors started to circulate earlier this year that Intel had plans to launch some kind of Internet-based television service that would include a hardware set top box. Today, Intel finally confirmed that those rumors are indeed true.

Specifically, AllThingsD.com reports that, during a session at its own D: Dive Into Media conference, Intel vice president Erik Huggers stated that the company had started up Intel Media about a year ago, adding, "It’s a new division with new people — people from Apple, Netflix, and Google. And it’s devoted to developing an Internet television platform."

The plans will include giving consumers a way to buy a set top box directly from Intel, with hardware designed by the PC processor company. Huggers said, "But it’s not just a device. We’re working with the entire industry to figure out how we get live TV to consumers over the Internet."

In an odd, and somewhat disturbing addition, the device will have a camera to see who is watching the TV to deliver a more personalized experience. We will wait to judge this feature to see if it is optional (we hope), keep that in mind that Intel wants a video camera to watch you while you watch TV.

That means the set top box and service will likely compete with the cable TV industry, and will have on demand features, apps and more. The service should launch before the end of 2013, according to Huggers. It certainly sounds very ambitious and it will be interesting to see how other companies who have their own living room TV set top box plans, such as Microsoft, will react to such a big player entering the industry.

Source: AllThingsD.com | Image via Intel

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Samsung already has a camera on his TV since last year. theoretically for skype and tv control by gestures. It was in plan to use it for child surveillance also.
However seems that some are interested to broke it for use as spy camera.

Computer cameras can already be hijacked to use for spying users.

We are not safe anymore.

This internet TV concept is not going to work atl east in Canada where three robbers ( Rogers, Telus, Bell) are decreasing the internet bandwidth cap to protect their own cable division. We are living in third word country in term of internet connection.

Its worse when you want to get a DVR. The cable companies in the US have bought out all the DVR makers so you can't just walk into a store or buy a DVR online like you could.

So now you can pay your cable company $20 a month to use their sometimes ****ty DVR. Or you can pay TiVo $200 for a dve and then $15 a month to use their service. Or you build your own HTPC and don't pay anything per month but you pay a lot out of pocket.