NBC tests video to computers

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Intel Corp. and NBC Thursday will announce the first major deployment of Intercast technology, a method of transmitting TV video and Internet content to computers. The partners plan to offer coverage of the Summer Olympics. Intercast uses a portion of a TV signal known as the vertical blanking interval to provide Web pages and TV video to computers equipped with a special receiver. Industry observers view the technology as a relatively inexpensive way for both content providers and consumers to take a first step towards interactive TV.

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