Intel just announced that they are teaming up with Comcast to enable subscribers to stream live and on demand TV content on any Intel-based device in any room in the house. This includes tablets, ultrabooks, laptops, and PCs, which use the Intel Puma 6MG-based XG5 multi-screen video gateway.
“Working closely with service providers like Comcast allows us to bring exciting new entertainment experiences to tablets, phones, all-in-one PCs and Ultrabook devices,” said Intel VP and GM Alan Crouch, of the PCCG Service Provider Division. “Intel-based multi-screen video gateways in the home from innovative OEMs like ARRIS allow people to watch both live TV and on-demand shows whenever they want on their new Intel-based devices.”
Senior VP of Comcast’s Customer Premise Equipment Steve Reynolds added: “Intel has been a great partner as we work to develop a platform that supports an in-home gateway and client architecture. Intel’s powerful silicon platforms and their support for our RDK software initiative have enabled us to quickly develop a flexible platform for the delivery of our cable video services that will give customers the ability to view them on a wide range of consumer devices in the home.”
While anything that advances TV Everywhere technology is always good news, this is still quite limited since you still have to be in your house to access your pay TV subscription—not quite “TV Everywhere” yet. Also, Comcast owns NBCUniversal, which is one of the major broadcast networks—the fact that NBC has not made any waves in making true “TV Everywhere” agreements with any of the major pay TV providers speak volumes about Comcast’s true intentions when it comes to actual “TV Everywhere”.
Perhaps this is a gateway to real TV everywhere for Comcast subscribers. Technology that allows easy access but has effective safeguards against content theft can take a while to develop, but hopefully this is a sign that real breakthroughs in video streaming service will happen very soon.