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Intel Streaming Media Service Faces An Uphill Battle for Bandwidth 82

Lucas123 writes "Intel this year plans to sell a set-top box and Internet-based streaming media service that will bundle TV channels for subscribers, but cable, satellite and ISPs are likely to use every tool at their disposal to stop another IP-based competitor, according to experts. They may already be pressuring content providers to charge Intel more or not sell to it. Another scenario could be that cable and ISP providers simply favor their own streaming services with pricing models, or limit bandwidth based on where customers get their streamed content. For example, Comcast could charge more for a third-party streaming service than for its own, or it could throttle bandwidth or place caps on it to limit how much content customer receives from streaming media services as it did with BitTorrent. Meanwhile, Verizon is challenging in a D.C. circuit court the FCC's Open Internet rules that are supposed to ensure there's a level playing field."
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Intel Streaming Media Service Faces An Uphill Battle for Bandwidth

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  • Free market my ass (Score:5, Insightful)

    by asmkm22 ( 1902712 ) on Sunday June 16, 2013 @03:19PM (#44023239)

    This is why we can't have nice things.

  • Net neutrality (Score:5, Insightful)

    by JaredOfEuropa ( 526365 ) on Sunday June 16, 2013 @03:49PM (#44023387) Journal
    That's what you get with vertically integrated companies. If you buy into one part of their "stack", they will ensure you will not go to their competitors for the remainder of the stack or try and tax you if you do, if they can get away with it. In the case of ISPs who also sell content, that's why we need net neutrality.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 16, 2013 @03:54PM (#44023407)

    After years working in broadcast engineering on the development end I do have to say this would cause a paradigm shift. The provider of the hardware wants to enter the commercial space for television? As much as Intel would want to remain a separate entity many more operations would adapt to their practices inevitably. Rather than challenge Intel I think these telecom companies should allow Intel to offer their services and really put the customer in control. Everyone should be able to choose what they want when they pay for television and internet services it shouldn't be the provider who makes that decision for you.

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