How different is this than Netflix or Hulu, other than the inclusion of a set top box? Many smart TV's now include Netflix and Hulu capibilities.
The question is will Intel license the tech to TV manufactures to include it along with Netflix and Hulu. If so, what is the future of a dedicated settop box along the lines of Boxee? http://www.amazon.com/Boxee-D-Link-Streaming-Media-Player/dp/B0038JE07O
Will it be able to include Hulu and Netflix? If not, I suspect the sales of a single supplier solution for content and hardware will limit it's target demographic. Customers are not looking for another monthly subscription.
For a while Intel did have a streaming service where they provided services for media companies. It steamed the Rush Limbaugh show for a while and other talk radio. The old media services center was on a good fat pipe in Hillsboro Oregon with a link into the backbone in the Qwest hub. If they do provide service, they know how to get a good backbone connection.
As far as 5 cables running into a home, how many homes consume enough content to justify the cables at $50-150/month each. I pay for just internet, bundled with pots to get the discount. The POTS is stripped bare, eg no long distance, as these legacy items have been way surpassed by other survice providers in value. I have 4 other sources of no fee long distance so paying the incumbant their prices for it is a waste of money.
Want must have content does the new kid on the block plan on providing?