Where did you find the 500k minimum requirement? I looked on
att.mobitv.com and couldn't find any speed requirement or average
bandwidth usage. From the looks of the channel lineup I can see that it
could be significantly less as some of the channels are designed
specifically for mobile usage.
I'm not sure how we are subsidizing AT&T any more than I am subsidizing
google, youtube or any other content provider. In this case AT&T and
mobitv are partnered and acting as a content provider.
I think wireless providers are in a better situation to handle this type
of bandwidth than DSL providers are. It is a heck of a lot easier for
me to throw up another AP than it is for the telco to throw in another
DSLAM to handle the load, especially when the 5.4 band is finalized.
That being said I don't really see this as much of an issue. It is
another stab at a video service but I doubt it will get much traction
due to the limitations:
- Limited channel lineup
- Limited usage, 1 PC/$20 account
- 30 minute "Are you still watching? timeout"
If someone wants to offer a TV service that will REALLY take off and eat
my BW. What is needed is video on demand. TV shows timeshifted for my
viewing schedule, possibly on a subscription basis (I "subscribe" to 24
and they record it for me) or even better would be just record
everything and offer it all for download for the next X hours/days. Add
in an affordable commercial skip and it will really take off.
For movies on demand I think cinemanow is offering this type of service,
but there are several restrictions for the DRM model which makes it
unappealing to me (Windows required).
But I really don't see a mass rejection of dish or cable TV, both of
those mediums were designed to deliver video and are best suited for
it. They offer the highest quality signal and the easiest user
interface along with the broadest channel selection and at a reasonable
price point. What exactly am I getting from TV over my broadband
connection other than the "G-Whiz" factor. It slows my internet
connection and delivers a lower quality signal. The biggest benefits I
am seeing from "IPTV" at this point are in the independant media
department with shows like systm and Hak5 and the like.
George Rogato wrote:
Bingo Frank Muto!
Exactly my point. (figured I would stir the pot up, it has been quiet
This is a new approach to delivering cable tv. Across your network to
reach their customer. Would be ok if it was a minimum bandwidth
consumption like Vonage, but, it's not, it's 500kbps MINIMUM.
It's 500k minimum continuous load across your network for each of your
customers who subscribe to their 20.00 per month service.
How many customers would it take to slooooow down your network err
On my network, maybe 5 to 10 or so before my subs will no longer see
that snappy 4 megs that I offer.
And bitcaps, sort of like tying a rope around your neck and being
asked to walk this way, please.
I think Apple has something similar comming down the pipe, not sure
though. They at least will be connecting the computer to the TV.
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