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Why a Massive Apple, Intel Partnership Makes Sense

We know one has a set-top box that will presumably provide solutions to issues such as discovery and personalization and the other is working on something, quite possibly a television set. TVs and set-top boxes go together.


Of course, questions exist: Will Intel be involved, at all -- even with a processor -- in an Apple TV, assuming one comes to market? Will overlap exist? In other words, will an Apple smart television do some of the same things an Intel set-top box does? And, a bigger question for Intel, what if the consumer already has a "box" through a traditional provider such as DirecTV (DTV) or Time Warner Cable (TWC)? How do you expect them to ditch that setup in favor of an Intel offering? Or will the Intel device look more like a Roku player or the present iteration of Apple TV?

All interesting questions. And I will pose them to Intel's Huggers. I have secured a video conversation with him. Just firming up the date now, but expect it to go down at TheStreet's Wall Street headquarters some time in April or May.

There are more questions than answers, but Intel and Apple could scratch one another's innovative itches in the living room and beyond.

-- Written by Rocco Pendola in Santa Monica, Calif.

Rocco Pendola is TheStreet's Director of Social Media. Pendola's daily contributions to TheStreet frequently appear on CNBC and at various top online properties, such as Forbes.
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