Intel’s plan to unbundle the cable experience and offer pay-per-channel IPTV has been reportedly delayed because of difficulties in reaching agreements with content providers, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Sources that spoke to the Journal say that the current pace of negotiations have delayed the launch to mid-2013, or as late as the fourth quarter.
According to a Forbes piece on the project, Intel hopes to offer consumers a complete a la carte television experience delivering TV shows, movies, and TV channels to a Intel-powered set top box.
Intel-watchers note that the company has added some well known names in the IPTV business to the ranks of this project. Forbes notes that most of Microsoft’s Mediaroom — a non-a la carte IPTV project for the Xbox 360 — team has been poached by Intel.
In Canada Intel may have an easier time licensing a la carte content as in July the CRTC ruled that consumers should have the option to subscribe to individual channels as opposed to expansive packages.
It is unclear if further details will be available at CES.
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