How do you put a TV station on the Mbone?

Tim Franklin tim at
Wed May 4 16:26:10 UTC 2011

> I think that George's POV -- which is also mine -- is that as the
> world shifts, the percentage of video distribution which is
> amenable to multicast, and not well served by unicast, is likely
> to grow, and it would be a Good Idea to be ready for that
> situation already when it arrives.

Really?  If anything, I'd say quite the opposite.  Watching media in the time-slot that someone else has decided on is *so* 20th-century - I can't remember the last time I sat down to actively watch a programme in its original transmission slot.  (As opposed to having the TV on as background, e.g. 15 minutes of breakfast news in the morning).  I guess multicast to a recording application (or appliance) might work - but essentially my requirement is strongly skewed towards video-on-demand.

I have absolutely zero interest in sport of any kind though - I'm given to understand there's quite a high demand for live viewing of that.


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