Is it true that only the user interface of Bluesky uses IPTV protocol, but the actual live video channel delivery is still digital cable just like the existing system? What about VoD?
How does Freerange fit in? Isn't Freerange using IPTV?
This is a head scratcher. I have been looking around for information about how X1 works, protocol etc. Seems the menu, search, navigation and some DVR(short term cloud storage) features utilize internet protocol. For example the Cloud DVR stores content for 60 hours and starts to roll the content off oldest first. When stored the content is aviaible to tablets phones etc. Cloud DVR doesn't appear to be aviailable with Shaw yet. Voice search protocols sounds very familiar to what Apple TV utilizes with Siri.
Features to look forward to:
Cloud DVR Storage
Netflix over cable
Smaller more capable terminals including wireless.
Certainly what is being offered by Shaw via Blue Sky at this point is menu and navigation (including voice) features as well as mobility via Free Range. All part of a careful rollout.
In short I think this is a hybrid technology with the search and navigation features and soon temporary storage all IPTV based. Content is still being delivered over digital cable.
I'm a little surprised that the cable companies would opt for a hybrid technology. One of the big advantages of pure IPTV is that the boxes are smaller, cheaper, and have lower power consumption. The cable companies are trying to catch up with competitors like Telus that take full advantage of those IPTV benefits. Why would you burden your new IPTV box with the extra bulk, cost, and power consumption of outdated and unnecessary digital cable tuners? Especially when you must have a working pure IPTV solution to support options like Freerange or cloud PVR.
As far as Netflix, I can't see that either as they have Crave on it. A while back I had a post about APV launching in Canada deleted and was told it was removed because its a competitor to Crave.
What is APV? Why was your post deleted?
I found Shomi via the Shaw terminal kept dropping its registration. As such I haven't been inclined to sign up to Crave TV in the same manner.
The UI is not the only thing delivered over IP. Channels are still delivered over traditional methods. There are however other services above the UI that is delivered over IP (An example is VOD is delivered all by IP and not QAM). Making the leap to go all IP will likely require Docsis 3.1 and other things before that fully transitions over. For now it is a hybrid solution.
I and others I know have found the Blue Sky / VOD picture and sound quality to be very good. Also navigating VOD in Blue Sky seems quite peppy. If the VOD content is being delivered over ip, using Blue Sky, does this count towards the data portion of the Blue Sky package?
No, this wont accrue towards your allotted monthly Internet bandwidth
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