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Intel has managed to offload its pay-TV startup OnCue, after deciding last year it would rather sell it off than try to launch the service itself. Chipzilla's offshoot, now called Intel Media, has gone to Verizon Communications, the second-largest telco in the US, which plans to merge it into its existing internet telly offering …

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This is typical Intel

Intel have a long history of building up, or buying, a business then dumping it.

It has happened with numerous microcontrollers: 8051, 960 and others.

It has happened with their memory products.

It has happened with their StrongARM/Xscale line.

It has happened with thei USB chipsets.

It has happened with various companies they bought then sold (eg. Dialogic).

It is no wonder that nobody wants to build their chipsets into embedded products any more.

They normally dump non-core businesses when they're getting beaten up and expect to face angry shareholders, so selling off the TV biz suggests they expect to be mauled by the shareholders for all the screwing around in mobile and the hammering they continue to get from ARM.

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Made little sense to begin with

I think Intel had no real idea what to do with OnCue from the beginning - if they could make it a "standard" then it could have had some running room but that was never really on the table. The real kudos must go to Intel for actually being able to flog this thing anyway ... Verizon just bought a dog, the only question now is how long it will be before they take it out and shoot it.

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Re: Made little sense to begin with

Makes perfect sense. Verizon has a very large network for transferring data, they are teamed up with red box/coinstar to do streaming media, which I predict they will be buying at some point, they recently went to court and won against the FCC, etc...

They are going up against Netflix.

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Re: Made little sense to begin with

That's a good point and time will show who's right.

I think the web is slowly souring on the idea of hanging on the coat-tails of one vendor to the exclusion of all others - sure Verizon's big in some places but other than wireless access ($$$) its' relatively unmetered direct fiber access is limited. In general people subscribe to content first and the method of delivery comes second.

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