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Why Would Intel Launch an Online TV Service?

On Tuesday, investors were baffled by the latest speculation suggesting Intel might launch an online pay TV service.

According to published reports, Intel plans to sell a Web-connected set-top box capable of streaming TV and video-on-demand programming.

Immediately the Street was trying to get a handle on what Intel is thinking. If speculation is true, the initiative seems rather ill-conceived, doesn’t it?.

Not according to Abhi Talwalkar, President & CEO of LSI Corp. He tells us it could be very shrewd. “I worked for Intel for a number of years,” he says. And according to Talwalkar Intel knows it needs to diversify to drive growth.

However, if Intel enters other fields related to their core business, they would end up in competition with their customers.

But that's not the case with an online pay TV service.

“(And) if anyone can pull it off it’s probably Intel,” says Talwalkar.

OptonMonster Jon Najarian also sees the potential. He thinks Microsoft does too. “Xbox is now how people get Hulu and Netflix,” he says. “There are 57 million consoles out there – compare that to Comcast , which is about 22 million subscribers,” he says.



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