"I think we can bring an incredible TV experience via the Internet, to consumers, and that is a great opportunity for programmers," said Huggers.
Previous rumors about the Intel box stated the device would stream Internet content, in addition to cable programming, all without a traditional subscription. Intel also plans to offer the video service through mobile devices like the iPad. But the details announced today are vague, at best. There's no indication of the set-top's price, when we can expect availability, or if Intel has deals in the works with the historically strict networks.
Clearly, Intel is hoping to expand its horizons beyond the PC market, as tablets and smartphones take over a larger portion of the market.
But Huggers did mention one interesting feature: the Intel box will be able to identify the user sitting in front of the television, and offer them customized programming via a camera. The functionality sounds a bit like the profile-recognition feature in the Xbox Kinect.