Originally Posted by iNtel iNside Apple isn't steering the ship anymore... ISPs have hijacked it, at least in the States.
- Comcast is capping downloads at 250 GB/month across the Comcast system.
- Time Warner Cable is testing caps in Beaumont, TX (the "Golden Triangle" area) of 5-40 GB/month, with $1/GB overage.
- Frontier Communications (a mainly rural phone company) now has a strict 5 GB/month cap on their DSL.
- In the case of Comcast and Time Warner, this is probably being done to encourage subscribers to use their on-demand services.
250GB per month!? Oh the humanity!
I'm absolutely not
arguing that download caps are good or ok (especially when the ISPs either advertise "unlimited" access and then cap downloads, or simply hide this info from users entirely), but they certainly aren't having any major impact on the average computer user and won't for a while yet. Reread the list of average computer user tasks: internet browsing, picture viewing, instant messaging, listening to music in iTunes, writing text documents
Originally Posted by iNtel iNside
To put it into perspective: My last iTunes download (a 20-minute HD episode of NBC-TV's "The Office") was a whopping 680 MB, plus an additional 200 MB for the SD copy. And I've read that Apple TV HD movies are about 4-5 GB in size, and they're 720p as well. Now imagine that Apple sells 1080p (Blu-Ray quality) movies via the iTunes Store. The movies would probably be somewhere between 8-10 GB in size (plus another 1-1.5 GB for the SD copy for your iPod). If Apple did this, and you have Comcast, you would probably eat up your cap by buying fifteen movies plus your normal Internet usage. For Time Warner Cable users on the normal Road Runner Select plan being tested in Beaumont, they would probably have to pay overage after one movie. And Frontier DSL users? Forget about using it.
Ok, and what does this have to do with laptop
You think they're going to download an 8GB 1080p HD movie (let alone the 720p HD iTunes movies that actually exist
) to watch on their little 13"-15" MacBook or MacBook Pro!? What would be the point? SD looks great on these screens, that is, if most people actually watched movies on their laptops. Many people have and use a DVD player and TV for watching movies. Few have Apple TVs and HDTVs, let alone +40" HDTVs that would really show the benefits of HD iTunes movies and TV shows.
Originally Posted by iNtel iNside "But FiOS and WiMax will save the day!"
Forget about it... Verizon can't build fiber everywhere, and WiMax will die on the vine in favor of LTE (which every telecom except Sprint prefers).
Verizon obviously can't outfit the entire U.S. (let alone the world) with fiber, but regional broadband companies can deliver fiber to the door
, as they're doing in my mid-sized Midwestern town, albeit slowly. I'm not very familiar with WiMax, but I do know Apple has a healthy share of the 802.11n/g WiFi router market with its AirPort Extreme, which they could leverage to make wireless access far more widespread by providing a private, encrypted access address for the owner, and a public access address for anyone to tap into for free or as a small charge. That's smart
ubiquitous WiFi. Daniel Eran Dilger of RoughlyDrafted Magazine is the originator of this scheme, which you can read here
; it's continued in a second article, here
Originally Posted by iNtel iNside
Is Steve Jobs a visionary? Yes. But he isn't dumb. Until the ISPs here sort things out, either through regulation, incentives, or something else, Blu-Ray is fast becoming the only viable option for distribution of HD movies. We will see Blu-Ray (mainly BD read-only drives) in a bunch of MacBooks on 10/14 for this and competitive reasons... just you watch.
Our discussion was on BD burning
, for backing up and/or sharing content, not
as a licensed movie format competing against digital download stores. Let's get back on topic.