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For an upcoming new video offering that has several hurdles in its path, Intel Corp. is relying on a TV-biz veteran to secure content deals that have proved elusive to other tech giants.
Sources say former BBC Worldwide America CEO Garth Ancier has been serving as the face of the chip manufacturer in boardrooms at all the major content companies to advance Intel's ambition to launch a bundle of Internet-delivered TV channels that would rival offerings from cable and satellite operators.
A spokeswoman for Intel confirmed Ancier is working in an advisory capacity to the Intel Media Group but declined to specify what he's working on or what that division is doing. Ancier did not respond to inquiries for comment.
But Ancier is playing an instrumental role in the deployment of a set-top box powered by Intel processors capable of transmitting high-definition …