Reuters is reporting that Intel’s mooted virtual television network has hit the buffers because it can’t beat its cable rivals spending. The company is eyeing up the 0 million TV business with a set-top-box and over-the-top service that would offer smaller, cheaper bundles of channels rather than the hundreds that come with a basic cable subscription. It would leverage its facial recognition technology in the system both by offering precise ratings data to networks and by showing targeted adverts to whoever it can see is watching. The former will surely annoy Nielsen, a player with plenty of its own influence in the industry. Despite hiring a quartet of industry heavyweights to help negotiations, studios are refusing to offer discounts to a new and untried entrant, meaning we may not see the service arriving by that planned November launch date.
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Turns out the Apple TV isn’t the only one to see rehashed rumors making the rounds, as Bloomberg has dredged up “people with knowledge of the project” to say LG could show off hardware featuring Google TV at CES 2012. Of course, slow-to-materialize new software apparently put a stop to LG, Sharp, and Toshiba’s plans at last year’s show, leaving Samsung and Vizio alone to bear the flag. Making the timing of this rumor conspicuous however, is news of Logitech sitting out the next round of Google TV, the aforementioned Cupertino project, and Sony’s promise of a “different kind of TV” floating around recently. Now that the Honeycomb update and Android Market access actually exist, Google’s next big task is securing more partnerships for content and hardware — we’ll find out how successful it’s been in January.