Originally Posted by Rudy1
I expect that there are technical reasons why this wouldn't work, but I've often wondered why no one has come up with a streaming service geared towards videophiles..
Well, big technical difficulties require tons of cash to overcome.
This rules out small players and startups and leaves only the same big companies that have the budget needed to do it. We all know they don't have good reflexes.
Still, the ball is rolling, and stuff is happening.
Since convincing ISPs to actually place more cables so everyone can have more bandwith is not going to happen without army intervention, there are two main workarounds being actively pursued.
First: allow the ISP to give Premium treatment to a customer or company needing bandwith that can pay for it, see this thread FCC Tries Again to Establish Open Internet Rules
The current situation is called "internet neutrality" and for now the ISP cannot do that, it must share available bandwith EQUALLY with every customer (only limit is the max speed in the contract). If too much people want fast download speeds this system means everyone gets crap download speed as speed is shared with everyone. With Premium system, the ISP throttles other customers to make sure the Premium ones are well-served. I'm not a fan of this system, but given the mentality in the US, it's probably going to happen soon.
Second: allow the users to download the media in a relatively secure storage system and let them download it overnight. Google Play is doing this (afaik
it does not offer media higher than 1080p, but that system is supposed to be useful for people having crappy connections that can't stream decently even 720p or people with a mobile device that will be connected to high-speed internet only when at home/work)
Kaleidescape announced it was going to do that Kaleidescape Settles Lawsuit With DVD CCA
but it is a bit high-end.
Sony has a similar but fully proprietary 4k streaming system and mediabox compatible only with their own TVs (surprise surprise, lol
Systems that allow a "download and play after a while" are seen as "less secure from piracy" than physical copy or streaming by content makers (the studios and whoever makes movies/music/whatever), while this is a curious belief, it's hard to convince them that it is profitable. And unless they give out movies to these systems at full bluray (or better) quality, there is no way to prove them it is profitable.
Sony here has an advantage, because it is doing all in-house (as it has a movie making branch), while Kaleidescape is not.