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Bob Zelin
Re: COVID-related internet throttling
on Apr 6, 2020 at 6:48:28 pm

Bill is 100% correct, and I just wrote Oliver about something similar (about bandwidth and the cable companies). We all talk about "the next big thing" - be it 3D, HDR, 8K, 16k. But there is only one "next big thing" - the pipeline, that needs to be run by the cable companies. I cannot ever conceive that the current owners (Spectrum, Comcast, Cox, RCN, AT&T, etc.) will ever do this. You need someone with a vested long term interest (like Amazon, Google, Apple) that is willing to buy these companies out, or pay off whoever needs to get paid off, so they can run fiber lines - not into people's homes, but into businesses that are willing to pay for it (which is probably everyone). And these companies will be able to quadruple their rates, and businesses won't care, because true remote workflow will become a reality. It is so clear now, that this is what everyone wants (and what everyone really wanted long before the Covid-19 crisis) - but now it's truly evident.

As for "uncompressed quality" - most of see what's going on. It's the separation of "wealth and poverty" in our industry. For some, YouTube and h.264 and the iPhone is more than good enough. And for the others - 4K is (all of a sudden) not good enough, and WE HAVE TO SHOOT IN 8K. And when 16k comes out, it will be 16K, because 8K is not good enough (remember, we have to use an ADO, because no other DVE is good enough, we have to use an AVID Symphony because a Media Composer is not good enough) - most of us lived through this nonsense. It's never going to change.

As for 5G ? Well - Tim can tell us about that more than anyone else now. But of course, that won't be the ultimate solution for what we are talking about.


Bob Zelin
Rescue 1, Inc.

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