Intel Media Group Staffing Up for New Internet TV Service

Intel Media is preparing to launch an Internet television service later this year. The group is looking to hire 60 additional people to its staff of more than 300, and could even build to more than 400 within the next six months, said spokesman Jon Carvill (the group had less than 100 staffers a year ago). The hiring spree underscores the chipmaker’s seriousness regarding the new venture.

“In a major divergence from its core business of manufacturing chips for PCs, Intel plans to sell consumers a television set-top box that offers live programming as well as on-demand content in small bundles,” explains The New York Times. “It will compete with heavyweights like Apple Inc, Amazon Inc and Google Inc that believe the $100 billion cable television ecosystem is ripe for change.”

“The service, announced in February, would go further than products currently offered by Apple, Netflix and others,” it adds.

In order to make Intel a viable competitor, Intel Media, led by former BBC executive Erik Huggers, is looking to hire engineers experienced in cloud computing, user interface design and security.

“Intel also wants specialists in Hadoop, a platform used for mining vast troves of digital data,” the article adds. “That could point toward a heavy emphasis on analyzing customers’ viewing habits.” The STB is expected to include a camera for automatically steering content and advertising to specific users.

“One job ad on Intel’s website is for an ‘audience representative’ who would be responsible for communicating with customers via phone, chat, email, and possibly video. Among the qualifications, ‘Must be weird.'”