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RE: is this like a peering war somehow?
If something like the slingbox catches on.... www.slingmedia.com -----Original Message----- From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Patrick W. Gilmore Sent: Friday, January 20, 2006 8:26 AM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Cc: Patrick W. Gilmore Subject: Re: is this like a peering war somehow? On Jan 20, 2006, at 11:16 AM, Joe Abley wrote: > Perhaps this additional networking complexity (and hence cost, at > some level, presumably) will allow peoples' eyes to be opened to > the fact that the majority of television being viewed over the > Internet today is done asynchronously, through peer-to-peer, file- > sharing networks. > > It amuses me to think of early-adopting consumers receiving all > their expensive, network-optimised television shows in real-time on > their TiVOs, only to have them recorded to disk and watched days > later. (Recorded onto hard disks with no DRM, no less, ready to be > encoded and uploaded to eDonkey :-) > > If content distribution companies would accept this as the final > outcome, then sticking a torrent client on the set-top-box and > feeding it from an RSS feed starts to seem a lot cheaper than > encumbering every access network with traffic shaping. Agreed - mostly. Things like sports events will still require real-time feeds, and people will pay for them. But satellite seems like a perfectly reasonable and cost-efficient means of distribution without going through anyone's right-of-way. I mean, seriously, do you think anyone is going to WAIT to see Victoria's Secret Fashion Show? :-) -- TTFN, patrick