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Re: Triple Play [was: CAUTION: Potentially Dumb Question...]
From: Christian Kuhtz <kuhtzch () corp earthlink net>
Date: Mon, 6 Feb 2006 23:39:47 -0500



On Feb 6, 2006, at 11:17 PM, Sean Donelan wrote:
On Mon, 6 Feb 2006, Bora Akyol wrote:
He hasn't taken broadcast TV delivery into account in the
Triple Play scenario.  You gotta plumb them packets good for that...

I don't watch anything live anymore, all via Tivo. If Tivo could
do bittorrent and download the content, then would I need
broadcast?

Broadcast remains an extremely efficient method for bulk distribution of
content to those TiVo's even if you watch everything on a delay.  Some
grad student can probably write a thesis what the cross-over point is for different use conditions. FedEx vs. P2P vs. Unicast vs. Broadcast vs. ???

If you're near real time, you have lots of options actually. And I would contend that p2p can be efficient for broadcast distribution actually. There already are several startups doing exactly that for large scalability.

I think BitTorrent is successfull because that's where the content
people want is.  I don't think users actually care much about the
protocols.  We've seen how fickle users can be, quickly migrating
to different protocols/applications depending on where the content
they want is.  Are there any Gopher servers left?

No actual end user (other than the geek crowd) will ever care that it's BitTorrent or whatever. Agreed. But that doesn't mean a bastardization of the idea won't run underneath.

Best regards,
Christian


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