[opendtv] Re: Cable vs. Telco: What Happens When Competition Outpaces Washington Rules

  • From: John McClenny <jamcclenny@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 13 May 2005 08:47:53 -0500

On 5/13/05, Craig Birkmaier <craig@xxxxxxxxx> wrote: 
> At 11:13 AM -0500 5/12/05, John McClenny wrote:
> > I expect that we will some some blending of models once the telcos get
> >going - more open access to the STB for a cut of the revenues. The IP
> >networks just can't handle the BW required to do a full open TV model, 
> for
> >at least the next 5-10 years and the STB owner wants to be paid for 
> access
> >to the STB real estate.
> > Not to mention the problem of finding the content you want to watch on 
> the
> >TV if the menu of content is much larger.
> > Of course, anyone can still build a box and attach it to the ISP 
> broadband
> >side of the home. This has failed so far because the amount of content
> >hasn't justified the cost of the STB.
> > Doc
> I think there is some confusion here about what I am calling Internet
> TV. It is not a replacement service for the current multi-channel
> subscription TV business model. I agree that the public Internet
> cannot support that kind of business model today, if ever.
> What I am talking about is individual entities (e.g. CNN or ABC news,
> etc.) and independent content producers who can now take some of
> their content direct to the consumer via the public net. There is
> NOTHING real-time about this model. It is a file download or
> progressive download (play while downloading) model. I think of this
> more as a bypass technology or a new viewing venue than competition
> for a multi-channel TV service. In a similar manner, DVD is becoming
> a bypass technology for the distribution of traditional TV
> programming.
 The problem, as always, is the box. We can do this with a PC today, but it 
lacks the appropraite output device ( TV). An IPTV system STB can provide 
this service, but the owner of the STB is going to want a cut to use their 

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