[opendtv] Re: IP-Based TV Will Revolutionize Entertainment

  • From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "OpenDTV (E-mail)" <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 1 May 2005 19:02:01 -0400

> John Golitsis wrote:
> >
> > Because????
Craig Birkmaier wrote:
> Well since you asked...
> First, let's define the real issue here:
> What is really at play here is the walled garden business
> model, versus the ability for ANYONE to deliver their
> content to any audience, no matter the size of that
> audience.

Craig, Craig. You're jumping to another discussion again.

The article that originally talked about this "revolution"
was an article in which SBC, a telco with ideas of offering
IPTV, is pleading for relaxed rules for THEIR walled garden.
So John is quite correct in his skepticism.

Let me quote you the pertinent part of that article:

IP-Based TV Will Revolutionize Entertainment; SBC calls
for "light-touch" regulatory approach to ensure consumers
receive new technology quickly

20 April 2005, 10:02am ET

SAN ANTONIO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 20, 2005-- ...

IP-based television will change the way consumers watch
TV while opening a new competitive choice for millions,
said Lea Ann Champion, senior executive vice president of
IP Operations and Services for SBC Communications Inc.
(NYSE:SBC) at a U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee
hearing about the future of new technology.

Champion demonstrated the capabilities of IP-based video
or IPTV for lawmakers and urged them to avoid imposing
incumbent obligations on new entrants in the video
services market that would discourage deployment of the
new system.

So, this is just another walled garden. The "revolution"
is in the fact that telcos will compete with cable and
DBS for TV content, and that potentially more choice will
be available than what cable offers (unless and until
cable systems upgrade their plants to all digital and
to improved interactivity, of course).

So, mostly hype. Is it so unusual for jouranlists to
proclaim "revolutions" are about to occur? I think not.

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