|Well said Dave!|
C-band satellite delivery is the only point to multi point delivery system that can reliably be measured at 99.99% reliable. 99.99% is broadcast reliability, not what Netflix is happy to use.
Their is also bandwidth costs for any solution. The good news for C-band is the program distributor pays one cost and all of his sites (no matter how many) are available. With internet, the program distributor will have expanded bandwidth requirements as the network grows, the affiliates will need to find and pay for bandwidth. The total costs is not measurable.
5G could go to any number of available frequencies. However these broadband folks have a vision of a market where all content is a revenue stream for them (I.e. sporting events). The live broadcast of sporting events and all content over Radio and TV is competitor to that market plan.
5G has targeted this frequency range along with 3 or 4 other bands and the existing users are considered expendable because we have to beat other nations to 5G implementation. Hundreds of small market TV and Radio stations will be crippled or put out of business with the increase cost of programming if they have to leave C-band.
yeah, ok, so it may make sense to embrace, or at least switch to,
the "newer technologies" (but the internet is just as 'old' as
C-band, no?), and the internet has a long way to go for reliability.
we are still at the mercy of every bozo running a backhoe. we've
several times had 'dual' feeds both wiped out because they really
had a common path. and it can take days to splice things back
together, and even then with a good portion of the wires crossed.
and the global warming folks are convinced that 10% of the internet
hubs will be underwater by 2033.
yes, more broadcasting and used-to-be-satellite services are using
the internet and cell service with good success. but it seems like
it's always good to have options, and giving up C-band removes a
huge option. leaving us with just one. the internet. C-band has 3
pieces: uplink, satellite, downlink. the internet has thousands
(millions?) of pieces (most of which can be or have been hacked) and
how many miles of wire, fibre, etc? hmm. which seems more reliable?
the internet's "reliability" only comes thru duplicating,
triplicating, quad.... etc.
maybe "the internet" is the savior, the future. but it comes at the
expense of options, alternatives. sorry. in my mind a satellite will
always be "higher" tech than the internet. and satellite is the only
option where you don't have all those fibre and copper cables. we
keep thinking everybody in the world (or even in this country) has
about the same internet as we do in the big cities. far from it.
Hughes Net seems to be doing ok, providing INTERNET via SATELLITE.
On 7/30/2018 10:54 AM, Sherrod Munday
On Jul 13, 2018, at 12:14, Sherrod Munday <email@example.com>
I posted my thoughts and
comments below on LinkedIn.
As many of you have registered (or are still registering) your
C-band downlinks — as my employer did earlier this year—, I’ve
just posted a follow-up article regarding the whole concept of
C-band and its use in broadcasting.
I’d be interested in your perspective about whether
the proposed C-band change will really matter in retrospect,
years from now.