How do you put a TV station on the Mbone?
Jeffrey S. Young
young at jsyoung.net
Wed May 4 11:40:32 UTC 2011
On 04/05/2011, at 1:54 AM, George Bonser <gbonser at seven.com> wrote:
>> Multicast is an elegant solution to a dwindling problem set.
> And that is fundamentally where we disagree. I see this as not
> "elegant" at all. It is a fundamental part of the protocol suite. It
> is no more "elegant" than unicast. I also believe that it will be the
> wireless operators that bring this back to widespread use as wireless
> devices are used for more than simply placing phone calls. Time will
> tell, but it looks like the total use of multicast for content delivery
> is currently increasing. It just isn't increasing in the realm of home
> internet providers, yet, but I believe it will as people use home
> internet for things that they had traditionally used other services for
> such as broadcast radio and tv.
I think it's elegant, in think Deering did an incredible job to
create it and some many years ago I played a role to bring
multicast to the Internet at large. I believed that multicast
would play a huge role in the delivery of content, then.
Trouble was that the way that people want to consume
video means most of it is time-shifted. Folks in charge of
networks didn't understand the technology and marketing
people thought turning on multicast meant giving something
away. I finally settled on the notion that multicast is a tool
for service providers/enterprises to use but that it wouldn't
ever be as pervasive as I'd hoped.
As for wireless operators? The wireless medium itself is a
broadcast network, why bother with multicast?
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