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freehe
freehe
12/25/2017 11:46:17 AM
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Problems
The article states that SMARTBEAM can reduce buffering which is a huge pain for customers and offload congestion would be great. Allowing it to provide service beyond networks is a plus. Being able to view high quality content anytime anywhere is awesome. 

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freehe
freehe
12/25/2017 11:43:21 AM
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Re: $25?!
@batye. I would love it too. Venues only paying $25 per month is great. SMARTBEAM helps reach underserved customers that do not have Wi-Fi in their homes or that cannot afford cable service. This allow customers that are mobile to still gain access to content.

 

 

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freehe
freehe
12/25/2017 11:40:21 AM
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Re: $25?!
@afwriter. Those are good questions. It would be interesting to know those costs. Allowing customers to access videos services with Wi-Fi in small places like coffee shops, cafes, hotels or airports is great.

Venues paying for the service is even better. I wonder what the cost would be for U.S. companies to offer the for customers.

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freehe
freehe
12/25/2017 11:37:20 AM
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Viewers
I did not know that Tricolor TV is one of the largest pay-TV providers in the world. Being able to service 12 million households or 40 million people is huge. It seems like Russia is doing great things.

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freehe
freehe
12/25/2017 11:35:44 AM
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Re: $25?!
@afwriter. Thanks for the insight. I got excited reading the article. Now I know there are some risks and it isn't as good as it sounds in the article. Sounds like they need to do more testing and R&D.

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afwriter
afwriter
12/20/2017 1:36:42 PM
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Re: $25?!
@Elizabethv I work weekends at the first restaurant chain that carried those and they are more troube than their worth. There are the problems that you already mentioned, plus sometimes the batteries don't work, there's connectivity issues, and every once in a while the entire network shuts down just for fun. I think they are a great example of why robots can't take over human jobs yet.  

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elizabethv
elizabethv
12/20/2017 9:04:52 AM
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Re: $25?!
@afwriter - In some ways that kind of thing is already available. Some restaurants have added those little black tablet like things on their tables, like Red Robin and Applebee's. Both of these restaurants have televisions that are viewable from the dining room. The little black tablets drive me nuts, it's absurdly easy to agree to the charges using one brings, and my 3 year old can click through it in a matter of seconds. Fortunately, I've also learned that most restaurants are pretty willing to take the charges off, if you ask, so long as you didn't use any of hte available content. If they get far enoough to play or watch on the tablet, your ship is sunk. 

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DHagar
DHagar
12/18/2017 6:44:34 PM
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Re: A lot more applications than just TV
@JohnBarnes, I agree.  That is because it is a network versus a product. 

Don't you believe this builds a case for open systems and platforms to support them, as being the best model for sustainability and the future?

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
12/18/2017 2:32:33 PM
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Re: A lot more applications than just TV
DHagar,

I don't really think there's an Internet 2.0 (or 3.0 or 7.17 or whatever); I think we just live in an age when the internet is possible, and being provided through a wide variety of possible technical means. And the possible technical means are always expanding in variety, application, and bandwidth.  Space-based LEO with localized ground-level repeaters was more expensive and buggier than groundbased fiber at one time; SmartBEAM is a long  step toward making it possible to close that gap. And if the technical possibilities are there, well, "the internet perceives censorship as damage and routes around it."  Not just political censorship, but, for example, the restriction of content to those who have paid for it, or have clearances from some authority, or own the relevant IP.  Individual services and networks may be able to set some boundaries and restrict some content, but the internet as a whole is, I think, already largely beyond human control (unless a highly improbable global totalitarian state were somehow to develop; in which case, if it relied on the internet as it would probably have to do, it would have a real tough time staying totalitarian).

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DHagar
DHagar
12/14/2017 5:22:28 PM
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Re: A lot more applications than just TV
@JohnBarnes, great insight.  I would agree that we have not recognized the developments that have occurred since the 90's and what changes are needed to keep the internet viable and the incubator for promising developments.

In following your line of thought, one could then define this as Internet 2.0?

 

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