How do you put a TV station on the Mbone?

George Bonser gbonser at
Fri May 6 16:03:39 UTC 2011

> Content can still be multicasted to the edge caching servers, for
> near-real-time updates,
> that you then may visit/view on-demand with your favorite unicast
> client
> Charles

Yep.  That gives a hybrid approach that still greatly reduces the load
on the ultimate content source.  One stream for all.  Individual
providers could then hold the content for unicast distribution within
their net or the broadcast provider could even provide the server
collocated at the eyeball network.  And as you mention, as people shift
to using the Internet for stuff that was traditionally the domain of
broadcast traffic anyway, the same broadcast concepts would still apply
as being a good means of sending the traffic.  

It would actually be rather simple with tools that are available right
now.  Maybe content distribution using UFTP and then unicast to the end user
from those systems.

But for major events or things like content that is normally a broadcast
channel (e.g. cable news), straight multicast all the way to the user is
probably best, in my opinion.

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