[opendtv] Re: 5G follies: The network that doesn't exist | InfoWorld
- From: Craig Birkmaier <brewmastercraig@xxxxxxxxxx>
- To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 07:35:53 -0500
On Feb 9, 2016, at 10:14 PM, Manfredi, Albert E
I think Craig misinterprets what I'm saying. The market can be opened
instantly. People can use whatever box allows them to stream TVE plus
everything else on the Internet, without having to wait one day.
Perhaps you misunderstand Bert.
People cannot access TVE sites without a subscription to the same network via a
MVPD; some people do access TVE services with "borrowed" authentication
credentials, but this is "illegal. The practice is especially prevalent among
Millennials, who use their parents authentication codes; these cord nevers are
among the same youthful supporters of certain presidential candidates trying to
get elected offering "more free stuff."
And there is still a large, and growing segment of TV entertainment content
that is only available with a MVPD subscription; content that is not available
via Sling TV.
But most important, Bert's fascination with OTT content has NOTHING to do with
the mandate to open up the market for MVPD set top boxes.
The reason I wrote this preamble to an article about creating 5G cellular
standards was simply to illustrate that it takes time to create new standards,
as it will take time to create a new standard to open up the market for boxes
that compete with the leased MVPD boxes.
Nothing could be more different. 5G is a great scheme to provide grants to
universities, for the time being, because virtually everything required for
it is new. Unlike 1G through 4G, 5G uses a different swath of spectrum (up in
the 10s of GHz), it introduces something called "massive MIMO," and under
consideration too are new and different modulation types (e.g. Filter Bank
Craig seems to miss the fact that the former problem is easily solved with
well understood, existing systems, already widely deployed, already used by
the MVPDs and OTT sites. Whereas the latter is all new.
When the FCC was mandated to open up the market for MVPD STBs, the technologies
and infrastructure that Bert believes are the solution were either embryonic or
non existent. Here we are 20+ years later an nothing has changed. Me thinks the
parallels with 5G are reasonable.
Bert seems to miss the fact that opening up the market for MVPD STBs has never
been about technology. It is all about business models.
This is why Bert's fantasy solution to the FCC proposal is utterly meaningless.
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