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

  • From: Craig Birkmaier <craig@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 2 May 2005 08:09:25 -0400

At 6:06 PM -0500 5/1/05, John McClenny wrote:
>Why does anyone think that the IPTV systems will be open systems?  The
>ones I have seen are as locked down as possible, with lots of
>proprietary protocols on top on IP.
>It may be different in Europe, but the US systems are closed, for
>business, security, and performance reasons.
>The systems could be opened up to other content, but the owner of the
>STB is going to want a cut.

The old saw applies here...

Want'n and Gett'n are two different things.

The telcos cannot take away enough market share with another walled 
garden to make a dent in cable and DBS. They have no choice but to 
try new business models.

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