Planned Intel OTT service includes broad cloud DVR system

Intel's (Nasdaq: INTC) planned over-the-top video service includes a large-scale cloud-base DVR system that would let subscribers rewind live TV to catch up on programs they missed, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

The system would store local, national and international programming for at least three days, the report said. "This is live TV--but you can rewind," Erik Huggers, vice president and general manager of Intel Media, told the Journal.

Similar functionality has drawn the ire, and copyright infringement lawsuits, of content owners in the past. A federal appeals court in New York ruled that Cablevision's (NYSE: CVC) remote-storage DVR system is legal, but that service requires a subscriber to plan a recording. Intel's plans appear to record all programming, whether a user has requested it or not.

The Intel service won't include a camera equipped with facial-recognition technology that could identify each member of a household, the Journal reported. That technology did not perform well in low-light situations, Huggers told the Journal.

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- the Wall Street Journal had this report (sub. req.)

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