said by qworster:This has been the case for ages. Remember RealPlayer, and how RealMedia streams were going to break open Internet video? Then it was WMV streams using MediaPlayer, now we're huge on Flash. Every year there is always some new groundbreaking codec that is going to break the Internet video market wide open. Marketing has to play this stuff off as new and groundbreaking because they're trying to, well, you know, sell stuff.
Several software providers have (or soon will have) encoders that will provide great video quality at very modest bit rates.
said by qworster:IPv6 has nothing to do with this, other than you can get 1 metric ass-ton more multicast addresses. IPv4 has all of Class D address space for multicast, IPv6 has all addresses prefixed with FF. It still requires backbone support. Notice how the Mbone caught on? IPv6 solves none of the problems which halted the mass adoption of the MBone.
Once IPV6 comes into wide usage (with it's inbuilt multicasting capability) then online TV will explode
said by qworster:At what oversubscription rate?
in Hong Kong you will soon be able to get uncapped 1000 base T symmetrical service for under 30 dollars U.S. a month.
said by qworster:I forget, where is Google headquartered? How about Akamai? Where was Twitter developed? How about Facebook? The real power of the Internet is enabling functionality that wasn't possible before, not simply taking crap we already have today and converting it to IP.
The USA is becoming a third world country Internet wise and it's COMPLETELY due to greed!
The US already has several systems for delivering TV to homes. Changing the underlying delivery architecture doesn't change the fact that there still needs to be people out there developing content, and those folks are still going to want to be paid for their work. When it becomes cheaper to deliver content over the network, that's the point at which IP delivery of TV will start to gain major ground.