http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57561350-93/intel-reportedly-will-unveil-it s-cable-tv-set-top-box-at-ces/?part=rss <http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57561350-93/intel-reportedly-will-unveil-i ts-cable-tv-set-top-box-at-ces/?part=rss&subj=news&tag=title> &subj=news&tag=title Power on: Intel's cable TV box could debut at CES The chipmaker reportedly will use next week's electronics extravaganza in Las Vegas to reveal its cable set-top box and virtual TV service. <http://www.cnet.com/profile/lancewhitney/> Lance Whitney by Lance Whitney <http://www.cnet.com/profile/lancewhitney/> December 31, 2012 7:01 AM PST Intel may offer a peek at its rumored cable TV set-top box to people attendingCES <http://ces.cnet.com/> next week. An unnamed source inside Intel said that the first working version of the chipmaker's set-top box will be shown at Intel's CES event <http://techcrunch.com/2012/12/29/intel-set-top-box/> on January 7, according to tips received by TechCrunch. A video distribution industry source familiar with Intel's plans also told the blog site that the rollout of the new service will start "soon," but couldn't provide a specific date. TechCrunch's source further said that Intel is very serious about grabbing a chunk of this market and has decided to go it alone after attempting to convince smart TV makers to join the effort. The source added that Intel was frustrated with "everyone doing a half-assed Google TV so it's going to do it themselves and do it right." Rumors about Intel's TV service tuned up this past March following a report from the Wall Street Journal. Competing with cable and satellite TV providers as well as phone companies, Intel would reportedly offer a set-top box combined with a virtual TV service <http://news.cnet.com/8301-30686_3-57395834-266/is-intel-developing-an-onlin e-tv-service/> , according to the Journal. Available through a broadband connection, the service would bundle certain TV channels and offer streaming content. One rumored feature could cut the need for a dedicated DVR. The service might let people watch any program broadcast over the past month, avoiding the need to schedule shows to be watched at a later time. Intel also plans to avoid the usual problems with license negotiations by deploying the service one city at a time rather than nationwide, TechCrunch added. Such a rollout would give the chipmaker more flexibility in working out agreements with content providers, especially in areas where those providers don't already have tight deals with local cable companies. Some of this is still in the rumor stage. But if the latest reports are true, we should know more once CES gets off the ground next Monday. CNET contacted Intel for comment and will update the story if the company responds.