Network end users to pull down 2 gigabytes a day, continuously?

Valdis.Kletnieks at Valdis.Kletnieks at
Wed Jan 10 03:02:26 UTC 2007

On Tue, 09 Jan 2007 11:29:32 EST, Gian Constantine said:
> If you considered my previous posts, you would know I agree streaming  
> is scary on a large scale, but unicast streaming is what I reference.  
> Multicast streaming is the real solution. Ultimately, a global  
> multicast network is the only way to deliver these services to a  
> large market.

Multicast streaming may be a big win when you're only streaming the top
5 or 10 networks (for some value of 5 or 10).  What's the performance
characteristics if you have 300K customers, and at any given time, 10%
are watching something from the "long tail" - what's the difference between
handling 30K unicast streams, and 30K multicast streams that each have only
one or at most 2-3 viewers?
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