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RE: is this like a peering war somehow?
From: "Doug Marschke" <doug () ipath net>
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2006 09:59:26 -0800

If something like the slingbox catches on....


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From: owner-nanog () merit edu [mailto:owner-nanog () merit edu] On Behalf Of
Patrick W. Gilmore
Sent: Friday, January 20, 2006 8:26 AM
To: nanog () merit edu
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? :-)


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