Saturday, March 29, 2008

Limitations of Internet TV

The Telegraph published and interesting article laying out some of the limitations of watching TV over the Internet and the trade offs between downloading and streaming. It points out that the download caps will limit many broadband users to about one our or so of viewing per day with many UK broadband ISPs. It also points out that the other broadband ISPs without download caps have fair use policies that may also limit the amount of downloading.

The article points out that streaming to the PC uses much less bandwidth and, therefor, permits much more viewing.

This is a real limitation that will limit watching content from the Internet on the TV to only one or two programs each day. With these limitations, the Internet will not provide a real alternative to Telco IPTV, cable, or broadcast TV services and only be a supplement.

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