Quote: : » Quote: : » The mistake would be for them to do another BBC Three, switching off a channel and then providing intermittent iplayer content.
People are still watching TV but via boxes. There needs to be a freeview app that can deliver an OTT video streaming service similar to Molotov in France where users can Chromecast from their mobile phone to their TV.
Yes we need a Freeview app. We also need to think about capacity – could this app handle 30 million simultaneous HD streams of a future England World Cup final, for example?
It will probably be a tree-like distribution network, with a cache at each local exchange getting a feed, with the subscribers to that exchange viewing that. I’m sure that techies on this forum will tell us what the technical terminology for that system is… It has already been in use for several decades as regards web traffic in general.
An excitement with networking will be mesh networks. 5G, launching commercially in 2019, and advances in Bluetooth will mean that devices will no longer have be able to see the internet themselves, such as “have I got a signal ?”. As long as they are on the network, the information will be piped through to them from another device at an unknown point that does have a signal. ( This is vastly more advanced than just connecting to a router that itself has to have a signal ). It will lead to a more stable network. That’s the theory – time will tell how well it works…