The marriage of TV and the Internet has tickled the fancy of engineers and marketers at consumer electronics and computer companies for more than 15 years. The concept is intuitive, yet everyone's still waiting for the first Internet TV product or service to take the consumer market by storm.
As a reporter, I've felt the promise of Internet TV getting old. I could almost have recycled the stories I've written for the past 10 years every time somebody came up with another Internet TV idea.
But let me not turn too cynical too fast.
Last week, Intel Corp., all dressed up with its first x86-based SoC specifically designed for consumer electronics to enable Internet TV, proposed to Pandora -- again.
While this is not the CPU giant's first attempt to open the box in the living room, Intel appears brimming with confidence this time around -- again.
Computing editor Rick Merritt, covering the recent Intel Developer Forum, reported that Intel's new x86-based chip, called Canmore, "looked pretty darn good, and the next one could be hard to beat" (see story starting on page 16).