Turner Broadcasting System's Cable News Network and Intel will test the delivery of CNN news programs on PCs at several undisclosed West Coast companies starting next month.
That means CNN, already at home and in airplanes, is getting into business.
The project's relative simplicity is what separates it from other planned schemes to combine PCs and TVs that require costly new cable and hardware setups. The video signal will go from a satellite to a computer, into a standard so-called local area network and then appear as a small window on a PC.
"If this works, we could see product [nationally by] the beginning of next year," said a spokesman for Intel, the world's largest computer chip marketer.
The technology could also be used by companies for internal purposes, such as training videos.
In the test, CNN will deliver news and ads from an existing service, such as CNN Headline News. Eventually, a CNN spokesman said, a separate news feed may be offered; ad details haven't been worked out.
The Intel spokesman said the service could eventually include interactive advertising.