[opendtv] Re: 5G follies: The network that doesn't exist | InfoWorld
- From: Craig Birkmaier <brewmastercraig@xxxxxxxxxx>
- To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2016 09:10:41 -0500
On Feb 11, 2016, at 10:34 PM, Manfredi, Albert E
The goal the FCC wants to achieve is to allow all MVPD content through third
party boxes. For cabled MVPDs, this can be achieved very easily, leveraging
off of TVE services. It's **not** "the Internet," in the sense that your TVE
options are artificially walled up, as if you were using your proprietary
The TVE services are not the same as MVPD services. And there are many channels
for which there is no TVE equivalent. The FCC proposal is about boxes that
connect to the MVPD umbilicals and satellites.
Get it, Craig? You know how you said that these third party coxes would never
be possible, because 20 years ago the MVPDs didn't buy in? So tell me this.
What can the MVPDs do to block progress now? Eliminate TVE, perhaps? Or block
all web browsers, perhaps? But these would be unlikely moves, because their
customers would get pissed.
They are embracing TVE - it is a new service that enhances the value of the
MVPD subscription. It works without having to change a thing about their
existing in-band infrastructure. And it works with third party boxes.
The MVPDs can, and probably will, tell the FCC that there is no need to open up
the market for the boxes that connect to their in-band services; that the
marketplace is working.
The FCC will no doubt disagree and ask once again for the MVPDs to license
access to their In-band services. The MVPDs will then slow walk the process
What does TVE use, Craig? I'm saying, the ONLY thing the FCC might consider
doing is to encourage expansion of TVE, to include all of the MVPD tiers and
bundles. Then all that supposedly difficult task of agreeing on standards
vanishes. Internet TV has already established those standards, and TVE
Clearly this is an option. But in order to make it work, the cable head ends
will need to become a edge servers, as you cannot put all of the resulting
traffic on the WANs.
Let's see what the FCC says on the 16th, and then what happens as the comments
pour in. For now this and related threads are getting redundant.
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