Originally Posted by number1laing
Except, nobody is saying that digital distribution is going to be 100% of the business. I don't know where you guys are reading this.
The point isn't necessarily that its one or the other, but that Sony is now talking out of both corners of its mouth, I believe thats what all this discussion is about.
Yes, the guy in the OP says eventually disc based distribution will "fall". Don't most people, you know, agree with this? You guys sound like he said "next year everything will be DD" or something.
I do not believe that this is the end of disc based distribution until the infrastructure is there to support non-disc based solutions. Its not there.
It wont be there for some time to come.
But Sony does have other options.....for example, keeping their game code on secure servers with major retailers. Go into store, have game burned on demand to a disc or onto a portable HD, take home..install and play, something like that. Its another possible option, was tried with music in the past but then it was too "new"...didn't catch on. Now, its a different world.
As for ISPs... eh Im not seeing it.
You are in for quite the wake-up call then. And I don't mean that to be pushing your buttons, I mean that because the Telco's have majorly underdeveloped their networks. Fact is, if more people start streaming or downloading higher quality files (legal, forget illegal), the networks can't handle the bandwidth. Quality of Serivce goes down, people get frustrated.
And this isn't about buying a better tier of service, or buying a business account versus a home account, this is about "we dont have the capacity".
Why? Well they want to shove 100 more HD channels down our throats (Pay Per View of course!)...and that takes bandwidth. Thats also why your SD on cable is atrocitous..VH1 Classics for me is in a near state of permanant macroblocking
Guess they figure everyone watching it is old enough and has bad enough eyes we wont notice!
The cable companies have gone on the record that $40 a month isn't nearly enough to pay for the upgraded services we are all going to require of them to feed the next generation of broadband-required applications.
Do telcos have a right to be angry that some people are sucking up all their bandwidth to download illegal games and movies? Of course, and they have a right to try to stop that IMO. It's just a tricky legal question.
Except that this arguement isn't about illegal downloaders, its about legal downloads. Its about companies who offer services that depend on bandwidth, image hosting services, data hosting services, video hosting services. Its about next-gen business models......what if Netflix wants to offer 100% streaming services? Blockbuster? What if online shopping means now we all get full 3D FLI movies of every product and video reviews on everything...? All pictures are high rez and high quality..... Teleconferencing? Video Conferencing? Video Phone Calls?
Streaming TV...Streaming Audio....the list goes on and on.And you Absolutely cannot ignore the fact that alot of this legal downloading of movies and tv shows is in *direct competition* with the cable companies or telcos own On-Demand type services.....hmmmm..conflict of interest? Perhaps...
All of that eats up bandwidth, but *ALL* of that is proposed for the next gen business models....we aren't all going to be looking at 23k JPEGs forever on shopping sites.
If I take 1 hour of home movies and send that file digitally to a relative via the internet, that one file is nearly 13gigs in size. That is roughly half my monthly bandwidth allotment on Time Warners proposed *HIGHEST* tier right now, in one transfer!
There's a problem here, alright...and just telling the telcos to suck it up wont change it, I'm afraid. We all knew this day was coming.....Comcast has been quitetly kicking off big bandwidth users...they TRIED to get away with crippling **********....TimeWarner is killing their usenet servers and going to a max 40gig per month, Cox ALREADY has a 40gig per month cap....
Pretty soon it'll be hourly too
"40gigs a month, and 40 hours online!"