Forget The Last Mile, It's Inside The Home That Will Cause IPTV Problems
from the pricey,-pricey,-pricey... dept
The story of bringing fiber optics to the home has always been that it was that "last mile" that was the killer in terms of cost. More recently, some people have trimmed that down to the last "fifty feet" or so, as it's just that final connection that seems so costly. However, others are beginning to realize there's another cost on the other side -- once you're in the home. People working to set up IPTV systems (often associated with fiber to the home, though it doesn't have to be) are discovering that anyone who wants to set up a few TVs is costing the provider a lot of money -- and it's money that the service provider simply can't charge for, or no one will sign up for the service. This is why some providers will do things like offer free installation only for one or two rooms. However, it appears that one big area for development is creating systems to make it easier to transmit high bandwidth offerings within the house cheaply. Over time, this should sort itself out, but as long as the expenses are still high, it certainly could limit early adoption, as no one will want to pay the cost of setting up the system when the existing system that's already in place is seen as "good enough." One answer may be to look to wireless systems, as running wires is a good part of the expense. Unfortunately, most wireless systems are still capacity constrained in a way that won't help solve this problem any time soon.