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

Michael.Dillon at Michael.Dillon at
Wed Jan 10 15:02:33 UTC 2007

> >  Then why can't they plug in Power, TV & phone line? That's
> > where IPTV STBs are going...

OK, I can see that you could use such a set-top box to
sell broadband to households which would not otherwise 
buy Internet services. But that is a niche market.

> Especially as more and more ISPs/telcos hand out WLAN boxen of various
> kinds - after all, once you have some sort of Linux (usually)
> networked appliance in the user's premises, it's quite simple to
> deploy more services (hosted VoIP, IPTV, media centre, connected
> storage, maybe SIP/Asterisk..) on top of that.

He didn't say that his STB had an Ethernet port.
And I'm not aware of any generic Linux box that can
be used to deploy additional services other than
do-it-yourself. And that too is a niche market.

Also, note that the proliferation of boxes, each
needing its own power connection and some place 
to sit, is causing its own problems in the household.
Stacking boxes is not straightforward because some have
air vents on top and others are not flat on top.
The TV people have not learned the lessons of
that the hi-fi component people learned back in
the 1960s.

--Michael Dillon

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