Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sun 18th Jul 2010 09:32 UTC
Multimedia, AV I'm a couch potato. There, I've said it. I love sitting down and watching sci-fi movies, like any good geek would. And this is an (almost religious) action that hasn't changed for many, many, years. But I feel that we're in for a surprise soon. The way we watch TV and access content is about to change. TV watching will at last arrive into the 21st Century, and the technology giants will be there to duke it out for the reins of this new industry.
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Think about more than the USofA
by shotsman on Sun 18th Jul 2010 16:38 UTC
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The TV manufacturers are most certainly thinking about the rest of the world not just the US market.
The Eu is a bigger market than the US. Add in the states in Europe that are not (yet) in the EU then the potential market here is probably worth more $$$, Yen, Yuan in research than the US even including Canada.

The Telco market here is much more segments than in the US. With LLU (Local Loop Unbundling) it is getting close to the sutuation where a new player with lots of £££ could come in really challenge Virgin & Sky for the distribution part of the broadcast chain.

IPTv is IMHO, for most people pie in the sky when it comes to 'reat time viewing'. Broadcast distribution methods are far more efficient.
That is until people can get Fibre right into their home. Then over the air (ie Radio waves & Satellite) broadcating will IMHO die a slow death.

The author is right about download capacity though.
If you add in HD streams you could need to have a capacity getting close to or even exceeding 1TB/month.
Charging by the bit (As is done at present) will just not work in that sort model.
Again, there needs to be a fundamental rethink of the whole schebang. The current system (no matter now much it is patched & upgraded) just can't take the bandwidth needed for point to point TX yet his is easily done with broadcast over the air.(the present system).
In some countries there is tight Gov control of how the networks get their signal to you. Thankfully there are not the local monopolies in the UK that there seems to be in the US. Long may this continue. Competition and more ISP doing LLU in more exchanges keeps the service quality & capacity growing. Yeah, I know that virgin have a monopoly on Cable and yes between 4pm & 11pm every day, the 50mb download slows to 4-6mb on my connection and their customer service stinks but you can always vote with your feet as i did last week. I now have rock steady 20Mb from Be.

Oh, and my Samsung TV is connected to the Internet.
BBC iPlayer works a treat (in beta)

To conclude, the author might be right about the US market but things are different in the rest of the world and the TV makers are Multinationals. They don't just supply NTSC (never twive the same colour) sets. Mine works with PAL,SECAM & NTSC

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