Malone on Cable vs. IPTV
Leslie Cauley writes in USA Today about John Malone of Liberty Media.
Malone (a cable guyt) thinks cable is wonderful and predicts IPTV from telephone companies will finish in fourth place behind cable, Dish Networks, and DirectTV.
AT&T and Verizon are using vastly different technical solutions to get them into the video game.
AT&T, based in San Antonio, is using IPTV, short for “Internet Protocol TV.” The technology has been used successfully for years in small deployments. But nobody has ever tried to scale an IPTV system for many customers.
Verizon is running fiber-optic lines straight to the home, giving it almost unlimited speed — 100 megabits per second or more — and capacity. (In the digital world, capacity is directly related to “data rates,” or speed.)