All entries for Tuesday 14 December 2004
December 14, 2004
Writing about web page http://wired.com/wired/archive/12.12/start.html?pg=7
It seems that deliverying TV in packets like we get all of our web content could do amazing things.
But the cable industry is as intent on keeping Redmond out of IPTV as it was on fighting the company's earlier efforts to get inside the set-top. That's no surprise. Cable networks pass 95 percent of US households and – once the conversion to digital is complete – could feed each of them more than 5 Gbits per second. That's like having 100 T3 lines. The Bells won't be able to match that without taking on a mountain of debt, and satellite operators can't do it no matter what they try. Which means that Comcast and its ilk could be as dominant in this century as the Bell system was in the last.
Did they say 5Gbits?!?!?!