Tom Hanks, Morgan Freeman and Danny DeVito must have fallen on hard times. They’re down at CES in Vegas flogging Intel’s new Viiv – rhymes with five - media PCs. Meanwhile, the first Viiv machine’s gone on sale down at your local PC World (more below).
Intel wheeled out the celebrity trio to whip us into a frenzy over ClickStar, Intel’s Viiv-loving movie service. The stars waxed lyrical about how it would let them bypass Hollywood and ship films straight to consumers: presumably Morgan’s planning more radical movies than The Shawshank Redemption, pictured?
Clickstar, as we’ve reported previously, is basically a PC movie download service – much like Sky’s imminent Sky By Broadband - but is likely to feature transfers to portable devices such as the Creative Zen Vision:M.
Quite why such a service needs a fancy new Viiv media PC isn’t clear. We are, however, still drooling at the prospect of a new batch of blisteringly powerful computers. Each machine with Intel’s sticker should be capable of DVD-style power-up from standby – much like November’s Media Centre update promised yet failed – and will pack two processors inside. The PCs will have cavalry in the shape of content providers AOL, DirecTV and NBC and MTV.
Also in the pipeline is a partnership between Intel Viiv and Google’s video search. Using a Viiv PC in your living room, you’ll be able to search through endless video on the web – including those ‘comedy’ clips you uploaded yourself - and then watch whatever you choose.
Lastly, there’s the new Centrino Duo processor with two processor cores on a single chip. Yep, power-saving laptops that don’t sacrifice the power for games and processor-hungry media tricks such as recording two episodes of Desperate Housewives while simultaneously converting footage for your smartphone. Expect to see the first real world lappies before summer.
Exclusive – PC World will flog first UK Viiv PC
You read it here first. The Packard Bell ixtreme Gold S1919 is the first Viiv-stickered computer to land in the UK. It’s on sale for a reasonable £900 over at PC World and packs in a gig of RAM, 300GB hard drive and two TV tuners (one hoary old analogue, the other shiny new digital).
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