Although it doesn't seem to support high-def video content, GBStv
shows promise as an independent business model for IPTV. The model
they're using today is primitive, but effective and allows anyone to
receive or provide video content via Internet protocol.
The GBStv premise is this: registered users submit video files to the
GBStv servers for other registered users to watch. Videos are
constantly streamed; this isn't video-on-demand; there's a program lineup
that is always changing based on content submissions. Some of the
videos are a few minutes and could be somebody's home videos, but lets
get past that for a second.
What if consumers used this model similar to how they use BitTorrented
television episodes? The BitTorrent approach appeals to the tech-crowd
for it's timeshifting ability as well as it's efficient download method.
What about the non-techies? Folks who want to turn on a display device
at a certain time and watch a program?
How about different GBStv
"channels" that replay popular programs or themes of content in high-def? Perhaps the most
viewed programs could appear higher in the playlist so that the
consumer (not the network or advertisers) exercises some control over
what is "good" vs. "bad" content.
Bandwidth is surely an obstacle to providing HD content in a model like
this, but I'd love to see some higher res MPEG-4 programs available.
Bandwidth continues to increase in speed while it decreases in cost, so
whether we go with an independant type of IPTV model or a corporate
one, bandwidth will take care of itself. What do you think: am I making too much of the model or could it be expanded? How would you improve the model?