Craig Birkmaier wrote: > There IS a better solution. > > Open up the broadcast spectrum to push massive amounts of information > to consumers, INCLUDING high quality real-time broadcasts. > > The problem is that the spectrum is currently used inefficiently, and > it is controlled by gate keepers who have no desire to deliver > content that competes with their broadcasts. I'm not convinced that broadcasters would NOT go for this, if there were some sort of viable model for broadcasting such content. I mean, for one thing, there's no reason to believe these new broadcasts would compete with the TV broadcasts at all. It might be unrelated to TV programming and require only a modest amount of channel space. One simple and obvious example would be to sell some bit rate to CE companies, for updating their TV receiver firmware out in the field. This sort of traffic does not compete with TV broadcasts. Maybe there are other similar non-TV-related examples where you can make do with pure broadcasts. How about doing the same thing to update the firmware in cars, for example? Should be doable. Anything that doesn't require real interactivity, over a unicast channel, and can benefit instead from the very-few-to-millions distibution model of broadcast. It's not so easy to find applications that can use broadcast more effectively than (broadband) unicast. I don't think it's sensible to think this broadcast spectrum is useful for truly interactive applications at all, without massive amounts of local storage in the receiving device. Which to me becomes "emulated interactivity," rather than real interactivity. When this is tried, for demo purposes, it comes across as someone trying to prove a point, and the reaction is basically "so what?" > But if we think of the broadcast spectrum as an IP multicast > platform that is integrally connected with the wired Internet, all > kinds of things become possible. Maybe. And both DVB-T and ATSC could play in this as is. I don't think it's so easy to find those killer apps, myself. 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.