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Intel to offer unbundled cable service through set-top box

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For the first time, consumers will be able to subscribe to content per channel, unlike bundled cable services, and you may also be able to subscribe per show as well


Game changer? I think so. Basically HDtv antenna, ESPN subscription, NFL Redzone and Hulu... $35 per month?
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foshizzle
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re: Intel to offer unbundled cable service through set-top box
Dear God, I hope so.


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LSURussian
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re: Intel to offer unbundled cable service through set-top box
That almost sounds like it's too good to be true.

There's got to be a catch hidden in it somewhere....


C
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sweet jesus, sounds too good to be true


I agree. I really can't beleive others haven't done this already... if anything to avoid someone beating them to the punch and losing "audience"


lynxcat
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re: Intel to offer unbundled cable service through set-top box
Please be true.


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I Love Bama
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re: Intel to offer unbundled cable service through set-top box
Huge if true.


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Meauxjeaux
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re: Intel to offer unbundled cable service through set-top box
We pulled the cable plug a year ago and the only thing I miss is the ease of getting ballgames on ESPN.

If Intel pulls this off at $35 a month, that's a game changer.


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Tigerpaw123
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re: Intel to offer unbundled cable service through set-top box
Unfortunately the cable provider is usually the internet provider and if things like this take off, they will simply raise the price of internet significantly if it is not bundled with television service


sneakytiger
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re: Intel to offer unbundled cable service through set-top box
I agree and I'm sure the telecoms will fight this tooth and nail. But if Intel (or anyone) can succeed in doing this it will force the cable companies hand and make for more transparent pricing. I'd love to see the FCC break up the cable giants between their marketing and infrastructure segments, a lot like the FERC did in the early 90's with pipelines. Wishful thinking I'm sure...


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tylercsbn9
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re: Intel to offer unbundled cable service through set-top box
Data caps from Internet providers will impact this, no?


La Place Mike
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re: Intel to offer unbundled cable service through set-top box
That would be awesome!!!


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C
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Data caps from Internet providers will impact this, no?


Of course. AT&T has a 250gig limit on their service right now.


Meauxjeaux
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re: Intel to offer unbundled cable service through set-top box
When someone decides to build out a high bandwidth wireless network, thus bypassing the wired last mile all together, this will rock.



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lynxcat
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re: Intel to offer unbundled cable service through set-top box
Please be true.


ocelot4ark
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re: Intel to offer unbundled cable service through set-top box
Read an article about this awhile back that mentioned prices not being as cheap once they're unbundled. For instance, ESPN might "only" cost each subscriber $5, but that's because it's bundled with 10-15 OTHER channels owned by Disney that millions of people might not want. So if Disney starts missing out on that revenue? They'll simply make the a la carte ESPN option $20/mo.


WikiTiger
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They'll simply make the a la carte ESPN option $20/mo.


Why shouldn't sports fans pay for their product?

Why should grandma subsidize sports fans with her cable subscription even though she never watches ESPN?

If ESPN is valued by sports fans then they should pay the costs necessary to support it.
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ocelot4ark
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re: Intel to offer unbundled cable service through set-top box
I never said otherwise. Just saying that, once you add together the 4 or 5 channels you might actually watch religiously, the cost would/could/might end up being the same as what you're paying now.


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LSUAfro
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re: Intel to offer unbundled cable service through set-top box
This would be awesome.

The idea is great, but the reality is this won't be a cost effective reality for most I'm sure.

What many people fail to think about is that the cable/data providers are usually one in the same. They own the infrastructure that allows you to receive your data and video. If people start shutting off cable to use more bandwidth and pull their video from the web, data throttling and premiums for "excessive" data usage will most likely ensue. It already does to a certain extent by many service providers.

I think an obvious assumption is that < 1% of the population utilizes web based TV as it's only source of TV viewing at home. I would also assume that if that number began increasing to even 2-3% you would start seeing data usage premiums(ETA universally by all service providers).

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C
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I would also assume that if that number began increasing to even 2-3% you would start seeing data usage premiums.


They already do this. As I said, ATT general service allows for only 250gigs. That is a lot of information. When I was in Australia the basic plan only went up to 20gigs. Then it throttled back to dial-up speeds. Sucked during football season.
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