Intel Makes Video Delivery Greener, a Bit Creepier

How’s an avid online video watcher supposed to get the latest episodes without leaving the computer on all the time? A new chipset from Intel might solve this problem, and save some energy (I’m repping NewTeeVee sister site Earth2Tech here), by allowing media providers to wake your snoozing PC up and automatically download fresh content. A new motherboard from the chip giant allows for Remote Wake technology without any extra cards or chipsets. Intel has already partnered with several media providers, including place-and-time shifting media manager Cyberlink, VoIP provider JAJAH, media manager Orb and P2P provider Pando.

Combining this hardware feature with a variety of content providers will allow users to remotely wake their PC and start downloading video so it will be ready and waiting when they get home. Once the download is complete the computer will nod back off to sleep, overall saving a bit of power, the companies claim. Intel expects to start shipping the new motherboards next month.

The service could allow for periodical content you subscribe to, like TV shows, to be automatically pushed to your PC so that the whole show is there and downloaded as soon as possible. While streaming is getting faster all the time, having the latest content from your favorite subscriptions proactively pushed out to your PC could be convenient. It’s annoying when you’re trying to sync your mobile device one last time before running out the door only to discover that your computer hasn’t pulled down the last night’s episodes yet. And as Om points out, with your PC increasingly becoming a media hub for your whole home, this “could make Pando quite viable as a desktop-oriented content delivery network.”

It’s not clear how much energy this will actually save and it will only work with the purchase of new Intel hardware, but we’re glad hardware and software makers are taking note of consumers’ concerns over energy consumption. And any services that encourage people to make better use of their existing power management settings are welcome additions. When Pando wakes your computer up remotely it doesn’t turn on your monitor and automatically turns your audio off, saving energy and preventing your roommate from suspecting a ghost in the machine.

Image courtesy of Pando.