September 17, 2006 10:25 AM PDT

AOL to bring movies, TV downloads to Viiv PCs

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AOL is expected to announce a deal next week with Intel that will let consumers download Gabe Kaplan's finest work to their PCs and watch it on TV.

Under the deal, AOL will let owners of Viiv PCs, which run an entertainment platform designed and promoted by Intel, download episodes of "Welcome Back, Kotter" to the computers, according to sources close to the companies. They will also be able to download studio movies and music. Consumers could then watch or listen to the downloads through connected TVs and stereo equipment.

The move marks the latest handshake between content producers and the PC industry. A few years ago, studios adamantly opposed consumers downloading movies onto PCs, except under strict circumstances. The studios then began to allow downloads but restricted viewing to PCs or notebooks. Under the AOL-Intel deal, any compatible screen works.

The deal also marks another step forward for Viiv, which Intel launched earlier this year. Viiv PCs are, from a hardware perspective, not all that different from regular PCs. However, the chipmaker has cut deals with content providers so that certain types of entertainment or capabilities are available only on Viiv.

Earlier in the month, Intel and Yahoo struck a deal that will allow subscribers to Yahoo fantasy football to follow their fantasy games on a TV screen while watching a live football game. In other words, PC and Internet content share a single screen.

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Eyyyyyyyy, Mr Kot-TER!
Up your nose with a rubber hose!
Posted by middlehead (6 comments )
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Waste of time...
AOL users are net-newbies and therefore practically pc-illiterate so they do not know what a processor is let alone 'Viiv'.
Posted by PCCRomeo (432 comments )
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you're 9 months late on this news
dude, this was announced back in january of this year

see the announcement here

<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.intel.com/pressroom/archive/releases/20060105corp_g.htm" target="_newWindow">http://www.intel.com/pressroom/archive/releases/20060105corp_g.htm</a>
Posted by datawhguy (4 comments )
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Plasma or LCD only?
&gt;plasma TVs or LCD TVs

What about projection TVs or good old CRTs?
Posted by Jackson Cracker (272 comments )
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DRM
This is actually BAD news.

Intel is trying to eventually corner the market on media with "exclusive" content for Viiv.

Of course we all know what "exclusive" means - and it has to do with monopolies and DRM.

"Just say no" to Viiv.
Posted by anonymous_coward1010 (11 comments )
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ViiV Is Jive
Vinnie Barbarino.........
Posted by Mike2575 (9 comments )
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Nice
Finally they've figured it out. Offer a show that no one events wants a torrent of : "Welcome back Kotter".

They couldn't pay me enough to watch that caca again. I don't think even my dad would want to watch Barney Miller let alone Horseshack&

Whattafriggin joke. Way to go AOL.

Your marketing monkeys must really be working overtime to come up with those gems of business models.
Posted by FredJones34 (13 comments )
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