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Internet Threat to Satellite TV | Inside Digital Media

Internet Threat to Satellite TV | Inside Digital Media | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

...While “cord-cutting” threatens Cable operators, it is a clear-and-present-danger to Satellite TV systems. That’s because only a small fraction of Satellite TV subscribers also get Internet service via satellite.  The two dominate domestic Satellite TV operators are DirectTV and Dish Networks. In combination they have about 33 million domestic subscribers with an estimated one-third in rural locations. Most subscribers also want Internet access, but Satellite TV operators subcontract Internet access to third parties which are generally telephone companies. Thus, when Satellite TV subscribers choose to bypass Pay TV by metaphorically “cutting-the-Satellite-cord”, they are most often discontinuing Satellite TV service and upgrading ISP service from telephone carriers. Consequently, Satellite TV operators lose the Pay TV subscriber without benefitting by keeping, and upgrading, the Internet subscriber.  Unfortunately satellite-based Internet service is often unable to compete effectively. Since geosynchronous satellites are 22,000 miles distant, the round trip to a file server on the Internet is 88,000 miles. The lengthy round trip combined with sundry routing & processing results in delays of nearly a full second which is a near-eternity in the Internet world. The inherent lag is intolerable for a number of applications such as Voice-over-IP (Skype), Internet gaming, and Virtual Private Networks.

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DirecTV Real Interested In Netflix, Contemplates Launching A Competitor

DirecTV (DTV) hit up some of their customers today with a web survey. A very interesting web survey. As it’s nearly all about Netflix (NFLX) – usage patterns, both physical discs and online streaming. Most intriguing is revelation of a DirecTV “concept” that would provide a “Netflix-like service” to existing satellite television subscribers
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DirecTV testing 'receiver-less' Home Media Center

Satellite TV provider DirecTV recently started testing its Home Media Center, a client/server-based technology that allows users to experience a server-generated user interface on various consumer electronics devices, without the need for set-top boxes on each device. DirecTV said it plans to begin rolling out the "RVU" technology to customers this year; its current test includes 150 homes. The RVU specification uses UPnP and DLNA technologies to enable a gateway device such as an advanced set-top box to work with non-proprietary client devices such as connected TVs, Blu-ray players and set-top boxes.
"The DirecTV Home Media Center is going to simplify the way our customers watch television throughout their homes and give them access, not only to their favorite content in HD and DVR functionality on each television, but to a consistent, feature-rich user interface, no matter what room they are in," said Romulo Pontual, executive vice president and CTO for DirecTV.
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Connected home strategies: multiroom TV and beyond

Connected home strategies: multiroom TV and beyond | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
... While there is broad agreement over the need for a consistent UI there is still debate over the home network architecture best suited to deliver it. Not surprisingly set-top box and DVR makers want to secure a future for their technology, which means retaining intelligence within the home.
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