Three celebs tout for Intel Viiv (rhymes with five)

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 -

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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