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Online Television Services Could Cripple Internet Infrastructure6:30 am on February 9, 2007 | Category: Internet, Telecom Services, Television
The growing popularity of web-based television services, such as YouTube and Joost, may prove too much for existing network infrastructure to handle, according to a number of internet companies including Google, which purchased YouTube last fall for over $1.6 billion.
Google is warning other companies that hope to distribute mainstream television content over the public internet that the web wasn’t designed for broadcast-quality TV.
â€œThe Web infrastructure, and even Google’s (infrastructure) doesn’t scale,â€ commented the search giant’s head of TV technology, Vincent Dureau. â€œIt’s not going to offer the quality of service that consumers expect.â€
Instead, Google is hoping to collaborate with cable operators around the world and integrate its video search technology with high-bandwidth digital cable networks to improve upon the delivery of existing television services.
This sudden and surprising shift in the search giant’s attitude was called â€œthe best news of the dayâ€ by the CEO, Duco Sickinghe of Belgian cable provider, Telenet. It also stands in sharp contradiction to Microsoft founder, Bill Gates’ prediction that PCs and television sets will ultimately merge into a single unified information and entertainment platform.
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