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

Gian Constantine constantinegi at
Mon Jan 15 23:54:26 UTC 2007

The changes in network news have little to do with consumer  
tendencies or entrenched content provider culture. News departments  
have operated at a financial loss for many many years. The big  
networks supported news as a service to the public, not as a  
moneymaker. Furthermore, the internet has really changed the way news  
is consumed. I really think it falls outside of the entertainment  
discussion. It is a very different product.

Gian Anthony Constantine
Senior Network Design Engineer
Earthlink, Inc.

On Jan 15, 2007, at 5:53 PM, Richard Naylor wrote:

> At 09:50 a.m. 15/01/2007 -0500, Gian Constantine wrote:
>> The problem with this all (or mostly) VoD model is the entrenched  
>> culture. In countries outside of the U.S. with smaller channel  
>> lineups, an all VoD model might be easier to migrate to over time.  
>> In the U.S., where we have 200+ channel lineups, consumers have  
>> become accustomed to the massive variety and instant gratification  
>> of a linear lineup. If you leave it to the customer to choose  
>> their programs, and then wait for them to arrive and be viewed,  
>> the instant gratification aspect is lost. This is important to  
>> consumers here.
>> While I do not think an all or mostly VoD model will work for  
>> consumers in U.S. in the near term (next 5 years), it may work in  
>> the long term (7-10 years). There are so many obstacles in the way  
>> from a business side of things, though.
> I don't see many obstacles for content and neither do other  
> broadcasters. The broadcast world is changing. Late last year ABC  
> or NBC (sorry brain fade) announced the lay off of 700 News staff,  
> saying news is no longer king. Instead they are moving to a  
> strategy similar to that of the BBC. ie lots of on-demand content  
> on the Internet.
> Rich

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