Intel to Launch Insider Movie Service with 1080p, WiDi 2.0
CES 2011 hasn't officially even started yet but that isn't stopping Intel from announcing some details on new products or features. One such item is its Insider movie service that promises to deliver 1080p content directly to your laptop or desktop running one of the new Core 2011 processors. Since the 1080p content is tied directly to the new Sandy Bridge processors, Intel is guaranteeing hardware protection rather than software protection of other companies. This makes the studios more willing to work with Intel since there is a set requirement to access the movie service. Intel already has CinemaNow and Warner Brothers inked, and the plan is to get all the releases on the Insider service to coincide with the DVD and Blu-ray releases. Also, Intel is pushing WiDi to enable you to stream 1080p content directly from your laptop to your big screen TV. Intel is integrating the second generation of WiDi, dubbed WiDi 2.0, on to the Sandy Bridge processors but you will need a new receiver to get the content on your TV. There is still the two second lag just like WiDi 1.0 has, but you will be able to stream 1080p content and even protected content, like Blu-rays, with WiDi 2.0.
More information on this new service is expected to be revealed further in just a few days at CES.