TV Via DSL – Waiting for cheap set-top boxes

As Time Warner Cable begins to push into their phone business, Cincinnati Bell says they’re getting closer to pushing back into the television business. Jack Cassidy, president and CEO of Cincinnati Bell, says the only thing that has kept his company from deploying TV over ADSL2+ gear is the cost of set-top boxes for the service, which he says often run in the $400-500 range. InStat-MDR recently noted that sub-$100 boxes would allow the TV via DSL business to start moving forward.

So, how quickly could we get from “Broad-cast” to Nich-cast? Think TiVo + Netflix: and think Evan:

“The Power of the Tail: 1 million sites with 1000 users is far larger than 100 sites with a million users (AdSense, Affiliate models, et al” Hmmm…

for more about the Power of the Tails see The Long Tail via Boing Boing

Forget squeezing millions from a few megahits at the top of the charts. The future of entertainment is in the millions of niche markets at the shallow end of the bitstream.

and more about: TV over Internet protocol (TVIP)

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