[opendtv] Verizon chief says carriers poised for video growth

About time the RBOCs move out on this. But the Verizon
approach is not all that different from what cable
companies have to do. Verizon installs fiber to the
house, then Cat 5e inside. Perhaps wireless is an
option indoors, but I don't know for sure.

So they end up having to do as much work as cable
companies do. Would have been nice if the phone companies
could have reused the existing voice grade cable lines
inside. That would have been an advantage of going that
route rather than cable. Instead the old voice grade
stuff is only used for the analog phones.

And because the cable to the house is fiber, there's
the issue of power required for phone service too. So
really, not much *functional* difference between this
installation and what you get from cable companies
that also offer VoIP phone service.

Sounds like some interesting presentations out there.

Bert

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Verizon chief says carriers poised for video growth
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Loring Wirbel=20
(04/18/2005 3:46 PM EDT)
URL: http://www.eetimes.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=3D160902231

LAS VEGAS - Ivan Seidenberg, Verizon chairman and chief
executive, told the National Association of Broadcasters'
conference that expanded local exchange carriers were poised
to surpass cable-TV multisystem operators in reaching broad
content deals with broadcast studios. Seidenberg said the
combination of Verizon's Vcast wireless multicast
distribution method for carrying streaming video over
cellphones and its "FiOS" fiber-to-the-home buildout "give
us all the broadband options" to successfully offer a mix of
HDTV, IPTV and PVR services, including distributed networked
video services to the home.

Seidenberg said investment in broadband wireless and passive
optical network technologies at Verizon amounted to $23
billion over five years, "which is $22 billion more than the
top five cable providers combined."

Franchise relationships for content distribution are being
signed by Verizon on a piecemeal basis with municipal and
state governments, Seidenberg said, though broadcasters must
help telephony service providers to develop consistent
federal franchising rules to ease and accelerate
communications carriers' moves into video distribution.

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