I'd imagine a dishless Sky service to work pretty much like BT's, where you'll have to take Sky Broadband in order to use the service. In effect it'll become cable television, which Anyone who's used an IPTV service (and I mean the fly by night suppliers you pay for, rather than dodgy KODI add-ons) will have experienced the frustration you get once there's a big footy match or a major PPV fight.
Even NOW TV had major issues during football matches (and Game of Thrones) in the early days. I suspect this time round they'll want to iron out any issues before launching such a service which is premium this time round.
Yep - Now TV is a standard OTT unicast service so suffers from the same scaling issues as other OTT providers. DirecTV on Apple TV in the US uses a similar technique, but most IPTV solutions already in use in Europe that are working as 'cable replacement' systems (and in some cases appear to viewers as if they have cable) are using multicast instead of OTT.
It's also worth remembering that OTT unicast costs you 'per bit streamed' (unless you own your own CDN - which is what the BBC is doing partially - then you just pay for your own CDN infrastructure instead). If you can get multicast implemented, then you don't increase your costs for a given area as your number of viewers increases, just as with conventional broadcast.
It is - of course - possible that Sky are looking at a DirecTV-style OTT unicast solution though - which would be ISP-agnostic, but it seems a shame not to do what BT have done pretty successfully.
Last edited by noggin on 30 September 2018 3:24pm
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