09/06/2006

BBC to netcast world cup

The BBC is going to broadcast world cup matches to broadband users, however only if they're in the UK.

Companies and ISPs are bound to be worrying about the strain that's going to put on their networks if lots of employees and customers respectively start grabbing high bandwidth streams. Some companies are very likely to start filtering the streams so employees cant access them.

There's also a licensing issue, as anyone receiving a stream must be in posession of a valid TV license. Currently they monitor the use of reception by tracking sales of televisions and computer peripherals that have the ability to decode a TV signal. How the TV Licensing Authority will track pure internet usage is a guess, and it's likely to be a threat they cant enforce.
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