Wednesday, May 11, 2005

IPTV: More than one hump

According to Light Reading: IPTV's 'Dirty Little Secret' is Multiple TVs are cost prohibitive due to the high cost of wiring all of a home's television sets. To get IPTV from the main TV to two bedrooms, you need: "two additional set-top boxes at $150 each, new CAT-5 cabling at $50, approximately eight hours of skilled installation at $50 per hour, and a “windshield cost” (gas and depreciation on the service vehicle) of $50." According to DSL Reports: "Not mentioned in the article, but bandwidth questions also arise over serving multiple HD feeds in a home being served by VDSL or ADSL2+ instead of fiber (BellSouth & SBC want IPTV over DSL, Verizon has opted for fiber)."

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