Aereo streams live off-the-air TV to mobile devices for $8 month. You access your remote Aereo antenna with your favorite device. From home or around town.
The strong 10-2 vote, from a New York appeals court, means the Cablevision decision will now stand as strong precedent.
In an unusual dissent, however, Judge Denny Chin declared Aereo to be a “sham” and warned that it was harming the television industry.
Only two out of 12 judges supported the broadcasters, but the fight isn’t over. Broadcasters are already pursuing a strategy of testing out their case in states that lie outside the 2nd Circuit, to see if a different set of appeals judges will see things differently.
The broadcasters could also appeal to the Supreme Court.
Broadcasters, which get their spectrum free, courtesty of U.S. taxpayers, and cable operators, which own the broadband pipe into most homes, may soon be getting additional competition from over-the-top providers like Apple, Google and Microsoft.
Existing online-video players like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon offer on-demand TV, but the latest efforts are aimed at offering conventional channels, allowing consumers to flip through channels just as they would on cable.
Several tv services have been rumored:
- Google is pitching online TV service to media companies, reports the Wall Street Journal. If launched, the Internet-TV services could have major implications for the traditional TV ecosystem, creating new competition for pay-TV operators.
- Intel plans to launch its service, which may be called OnCue, by year-end, and has had discussions with several media companies to acquire broadband-service rights.
- Apple’s TV service would reportedly include ad-skipping technology
Currently, the only way to get to the home is through the phone line or cable. But “wireless cable”, a phrase I often use, might provide an alternative path – especially at higher frequencies. LTE Broadcast can multicast live video channels, saving bandwidth, while H-265 compression utilizes half the bandwidth of previous compression standards like H.264.
Peter Rysavy, president of Rysavy Research, belives MIMO, above 2 GHz, can deliver the goods.
Most LTE networks currently employ 2 x 2 MIMO systems, says Rysavy. But operators are now gearing up for 4 × 2 MIMO deployments, with four base-station antennas. And in the future are 8 × 2 and even 8 × 4 configurations.
TD-LTE makes MIMO more practical — only one set of radios and antennas are needed to provide up and down links.
T-Mobile will use 4×2 MIMO in its LTE network from Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks, reports Fierce Wireless. Ericsson says using LTE Advanced with 8×8 MIMO achieves 335 Mbps on a 20 MHz carrier and over 600 Mbps using 40 MHz of bandwidth.
“Yes, lower frequencies propagate farther; an operator can cover an area with fewer sites at 700MHz vs. 1.7GHz,” explains Rysavy. “Most cell sites, however, are deployed for capacity, not coverage: Twice as many cells in a coverage area translates to twice as much capacity.”
As wireless technology continues to improve, the higher frequency bands will provide the most capacity, according to Rysavy. The idea of beachfront spectrum is overblown.
Perhaps Google Fiber is really about delivering 10GigE to the tower. Wireless cable.
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