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Subject: [IP] more on Comcast plans 6% rate hike / Increase comes as phone firms prepare to enter cable market

  • From: David Farber <dave@farber.net>
  • To: ip@v2.listbox.com
  • Date: Wed, 07 Dec 2005 09:49:55 -0500



Begin forwarded message:

From: Bob Frankston <Bob2-19-0501@bobf.frankston.com>
Date: December 7, 2005 12:47:19 AM EST
To: dave@farber.net, ip@v2.listbox.com
Subject: RE: [IP] more on Comcast plans 6% rate hike / Increase comes as phone firms prepare to enter cable market


This reminds of the Telcos raising phone rates until VoIP came to the fore.
Now they are lowering landline rates to compete with VoIP. Of course the
VoIP charges are fiction -- the only cost is getting past the PSTN barrier.


As http://www.starz.com (subscription via Real) demonstrates we can already
distribute video even if not always in real time. They do both caching and
now live streaming ... the streaming looks good and the sound is wonderful
on my PC even as I run other apps. Too bad Real hasn't figure out multiple
screens yet.


The streaming and TV versions are offset by a little but what surprises me
is that the Computer image occupies only the middle of a 1600x1200 screen
but when my video board scales it up it's comparable if not better than the
SD TV signal. Real says that the stream is 600K but I've got a 10mbps
(actually 2) connection so this even though this works well it's just a
hint of what is already possible.


Too bad SpikeTV doesn't seem to offer streaming -- why do they want Comcast
between you and them? 5db? Too bad you can just fix it in software at your
end.


-----Original Message-----
From: David Farber [mailto:dave@farber.net]
Sent: Tuesday, December 06, 2005 19:28
To: ip@v2.listbox.com
Subject: [IP] more on Comcast plans 6% rate hike / Increase comes as phone
firms prepare to enter cable market




Begin forwarded message:

From: &quot;Kevin G. Barkes&quot; <kgb@kgb.com>
Date: December 5, 2005 9:20:23 AM EST
To: dave@farber.net
Subject: RE: [IP] Comcast plans 6% rate hike / Increase comes as
phone firms prepare to enter cable market
Reply-To: kgbarkes@gmail.com

Comcast plans 6% rate hike
Increase comes as phone firms prepare to enter cable market

I wouldn't mind it that much if Comcast could resolve its &quot;minor&quot; technical problems... like normalizing the audio output across its channels. I'm not talking about the difference between the compressed blasting that accompanies most commercials; I'm talking about the 10dB difference between its digital and audio channels. For several months, Spike TV was a good +5dB above all the other channels on the spread on my end of their network. I called customer support several times; they said they'd pass my complaint on to Spike TV. Suggesting that maybe a technician dial back the level at the head end was greeted with silence. &quot;The head end of what?&quot;

Sigh. It's a Comcastrophe.

Regards,

KGB

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