I'm surprised there isn't a dedicated thread out there discussing the FCC's AllVid
concept. The more I've read about it the more excited I am by the concept if it can be made to work.
As I understand it AllVid would specify a whole home gateway device which would take the video service provided by a cable or sat company and distibute it within the home using IP over Ethernet. A gateway can provide six simulataneous streams to various devices within a home. Security is maintained using the same protocols as DLNA. The specificaitons are very preliminary at this point but the FCC has an idea of the service they want to provide and say they would like to have it up and running by the end of 2012.
It is not spelled out but the way I see it this architecture can go much further. First, there is no reason why there can not be more than one gateway in a house. Someone could have an ATSC gateway hooked to an over the air antenna for local stations along side a DirecTV gateway which provides sat programming. The DirecTV gateway would provide access to both chanelized content and on-demand conent with a standarized model for browsing that content from AllVid receiving devices. A DVR could act as both a receiver and a gateway. It would be a receiver in that it could tune in channelized streams from the other gateways in a home. It would be a gateway in that it could present the recorded shows to other receivers the same way on-demand content would be accessed.
Since the receiving device is standardized it will very likely be incorporated into televisions. This effectively ends the cable set-top box. One gateway can service an entire home and that gateway will not need to be colocated with any television. If the gateway and future televisions use MoCA it won't even be necessary to rewire a home for Ethernet.
The comment period for the AllVid NOI has closed, but I haven't been able to find a consolidated list of responses filed. Perhaps this hasn't been released yet but it would be nice to find if it is out there. A number of groups have already publicly released their own responses and make for good reading on the various viewpoints.Edit 1
: I found a good article summarizing feedback
regarding the NOI which showcases the positions various players are taking.Edit 2
: Note to moderator - I'm a bit indecisive if this post belongs in the "HDTV Technical" forum or in the "Cable, Digital Cable - Non-HDTV" forum. I would appreciate if a moderator would take a look and move it over to the other forum if he/she feels it appropriate. Thanks.