Craig Birkmaier wrote: > Historically, the servers were located at each head end. Some may > allow updating from IP networks; some require assets to be loaded > locally from a portable hard disk or other media. This is the reason > that the Comcast rep on the streaming media panel said it can take > weeks to add a new asset to the MPEG-2 playout servers. > > Most of the MSOs use a service called OnDemand that distributes > streams to cable head ends via satellite. Perfect. "Out of band" download from a VOD content hubs to the distributed local servers. This is also perfectly good for IP-based VOD. It's a good way to not clog up your two-way infrastructure for simple one-way downloads. The important point being, IP or not IP makes no difference in this case. It's the two-way infrastructure that is best not "wasted" on pure broadcast uses such as this. > So at the moment it's a mixed bag, but the capabilities of the users > STB are a key factor. Once again, if the CE vendors designed proper "connected TVs," subscribers who bought these connected TVs would be set immediately. It only becomes an "key factor" if one assumes that the STB is the only way to solve what should be a **non-problem**. > The major difference is rate control and delivered resolution. Naw. These are all PONs feeding passive coax networks. Head end servers should have no problem determining how much aggregate PON bandwidth they are using, based on the number of local VOD clients at any given time. Sure, IP automates the process. But I see nothing particularly challenging doing the same automatic rate control without IP, in this case. Simple. > The core of this arg...discussion is that you believe the content > owners will cut out the MVPD middlemen, and possibly broadcasters, and > sell directly to consumers via the Internet. I seem to have to repeat myself a lot to Craig, these days. No, Craig, I never insisted that the congloms must only sell directly to the public. I have said many times that they can use whatever middlemen make sense to them *TODAY*, and not those that might have made sense yesterday. > 1970's technology was called broadcasting. Broadcast is one point. 1970s technology also meant that a broadband local network capable of bypassing the spectrum deficiencies of OTA delivery was *also* going to be a one-way broadcast medium! And most importantly, these one-way plants naturally become walled gardens. One guy only controls the source signals, right? The MVPD MPEG-TS broadcast bandwidth still fits this 1970s description. So, the major TV networks, the owners of the content, have no reason whatever to insist on this old technology to distribute their content to homes. Packet switching and Internet Protocols give them the option of sourcing their content from any number of different portals, **independent of the physical ISP infrastructure**. That's all, Craig. I understand all the bundling and dual revenue stream points you repeat, but as I've said **countless** times, you don't have to insist on MVPD MPEG-2 TS broadcast plants to get **either** bundling **or** dual revenue streams anymore. > But CBS clearly stated on the panel that they prefer for people to > watch the live broadcasts. Or at least, the guy speaking for CBS said this, while instead, the people designing their web site have figured it out. I don't take any of these interviews with executives too seriously. Too often, they aren't doing anything more than reciting the party line to the press. > What is most evident here is that the middlemen most threatened by all of > this are the network affiliated FOTA broadcasters. We have been over this too, many times, Craig. The local broadcasters need to reinvent themselves into local Internet server and local content services. The DBS systems need to reinvent themselves primarily as ISPs for the boonies, where their coverage is essential and their two-way bandwidth limitations not as severe as they are in urban settings. The cabled MVPDs need to quit wasting so much bandwidth on 1970s one-way broadcast streams. As far as I'm concerned, all of these players need to reinvent themselves. It's really only the congloms that have it made, because they have the high value content that all of these others require. >> That's a no-brainer, right? You can do that today on any number of >> Internet portals. > > More like just a BIG NO for you. Do you subscribe to ANY OTT service? Are you kidding me? I can go to my bank from anywhere, and access my account. I can go to pay my lawn service from anywhere. I can go shopping or watching movies and TV shows from Amazon, from anywhere. All of these need to authenticate me. This is a no-brainer, Craig. Authentication that allows access to different amounts of content is hardly a big deal. Bert ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at FreeLists.org - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line.