How do you put a TV station on the Mbone?
gbonser at seven.com
Fri Apr 29 17:15:42 CDT 2011
> > Imagine: multicast internet radio! Awesome!
> That would, indeed, be awesome; when everyone in my office was
> listening to
> the royal wedding, there would be a *much* higher chance of them all
> in sync.
> -- jra
Exactly. If more people/networks took advantage of multicast, it would greatly reduce the bandwidth requirements, particularly for live events. If there were 50 people listening to a popular radio show or watching a live TV event in your office, for example, there would be only one feed crossing the wire into your office. And only one feed crossing into your provider's network.
I have *no* idea why applications developers have not been more interested in this, particularly with radio and television stations providing live streams on the net. It is absolutely a waste of resources to have a separate stream for each listener of a live event.
The mobile networks are more up to speed in this regard. Verizon Vcast is probably the largest implementation that I know of.
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