Internet Kingpins Target Viivs

By John G. Spooner  |  Posted 2006-01-06 Print this article Print

Video Playlist"> Intel will tap Google Video to allow users to consume video on their television and on portable devices wherever and whenever they choose, the chip maker said in a statement, released Thursday night. DirecTV, for its part, aims to use Viiv to provide content that consumers can share throughout their houses using the open DLNA standard, Chase Carey, DirecTVs CEO, said in an appearance on stage. The company is also working on a satellite tuner box that places the companys satellite TV signal directly into PCs.
Jonathan Miller, chairman and CEO of AOL, said that AOL would offer its numerous services, including AOL Radio, AOL Pictures and, later this quarter, its AOL Music Service with over a million songs, to Viiv PC owners.
Intel is even working with NBC to bring the Olympics to Viiv, Otellini said. NBC will offer Viiv owners the ability to create their own personal portals for viewing the games via its Web site,, in early February. What Viiv Looks Like Viiv boxes will come in numerous forms, ranging form standard desktop forms, including towers and so-called small desktops, to DVD-player-style PCs and will begin rolling out as soon as this week. The machines, which all include dual-core Intel processors as well as built-in high-definition audio, will start at less than $900, Intel executives said. Some PC makers see an enterprise play for the Media PC. Click here to read more. Tinier Viiv machines, resembling Apple Computer Inc.s Mac Mini, are expected to come out later. Having tapped the content available to them, Viiv owners will also be able to broadcast their Viiv content to home televisions—some of which will connect directly or via wireless to Viiv boxes—as well as handheld players. Older TV sets can be brought up to spec with so-called Media Adapters, set tops that bridge the gap. "Viiv literally changes how you watch television, how you watch the Internet, how you watch sports … all around the world," Otellini said. "Welcome to the new normal." As expected, Otellini also introduced Napa, a new version of its Centrino notebook platform. Napa includes Intels new Core processor, formerly known by the code name Yonah; a mobile version its 945 chip set; and the triband IntelPro/Wireless 3945ABG module, which sports 802.11a, 802.11b and 802.11g. Intel claims the bundle will offer double-digit gains in performance thanks to the addition of a second on-chip processor core as well as a significant reduction in power consumption due to improvements made to the Core chip and 945 chip set. Numerous notebooks using the new platform, ranging from new ThinkPad models from Lenovo Group Ltd. to a Lamborghini-yellow notebook by Taiwanese manufacturer Asus, will hit the market over the next several weeks, Intel executives said. Editors Note: This story was updated to include additional information on Viiv and Napa. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news in desktop and notebook computing.

John G. Spooner John G. Spooner, a senior writer for eWeek, chronicles the PC industry, in addition to covering semiconductors and, on occasion, automotive technology. Prior to joining eWeek in 2005, Mr. Spooner spent more than four years as a staff writer for CNET, where he covered computer hardware. He has also worked as a staff writer for ZDNET News.

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