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Saturday, April 29, 2006 

Intel VIIV

The Washington Post is out with a review on Intel VIIV in an article titled, Intel's Hard-to-Define Viiv Doesn't Live Up to the Hype.

Their conclusion is:
"But in the meantime, Intel is only embarrassing itself with its half-witted hucksterism for Viiv."

Another interesting paragraph is:
"The worst experience of all came when I tried to view Intel's own showcase of Viiv content. At first, clicking this button yielded a "Windows Media Center Edition required" error. After rebooting the computer to try again, I was presented with a lengthy license agreement and an ActiveX installation dialog. The subsequent download seemed to stall out when the HP-bundled Norton Internet Security firewall warned that "EntriqMediaServer" was a high-risk program that it should always block."

This is just a small taste of what awaits anyone who is going to try and put a computer in the living room. Wait till an intrusive message from Microsoft fills the screen saying that it is urgent to install a security update and reboot, all of this while watching or even worse recording a TV show.

We always said that it is insane to use a computer in the living room (unless you are a hardcore geek) and we stand behind this 100%. Neither Microsoft nor Intel will ever convince the masses to install a computer in the living room and depend on it for their entertainment.

Yet, the longer they waste resources on trying to make this happen the better it is for small companies like TVersity because it buys us time to build a market for the real solution. A solution based on simple, low cost, quiet and well designed CE devices complemeted by smart software to make it feel as capable as a computer while remaining as friendly as a CE device.

The only way Intel can do it is with Apple. Wait until Apple rolls out a media center. Then it will work.

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