Originally Posted by SolipsismX
On the local end that could happen but how much bandwidth are we talking about since we're only talking one channel per TV that would be streaming and the cable companies can handle that already?
This could be mitigated if Apple got with ISPs to allow last mile broadcasts but they would have to work with them which is something I think they have to do anyway, not work around or against them as has been stated here.
The ISPs would never go for that. They would protect their turf to the death.
Just using random numbers, right now the average house probably has five intent capable devices, (not including game boxess like PS3), and three TVs. Currently, the three TVs are using cable to watch TV. We will say they are using 1 mbs to do their thing. That's 3 mbs.
Now, we will say 5 mbs for each computer device. That's 25 mbs. We will add one game console, for another 5 mbs. So, currently, that's a total of 33 mbs of total bandwidth this house uses at maximum consumption, if they are all being used at the same time.
Now, let's go to an all Internet TV model. We still have our computers and PS3 consuming 30 mbs of data. But, now our TVs consume, we will say 7 mbs, because they have now become computers, so that's now a consumption rate of 21 mbs. So now just the Internet TVs alone are now almost consuming the equivalent of the entire household bandwidth! The new household now consumes 51 mbs of bandwidth. This household has almost doubled it's bandwidth by adopting Internet TV. Now, expand that to an entire ISP, and you can see where this is going. Then to an entire country, continent, then, eventually, to the net itself.....