FibeTV, from Bell, is remarkably difficult to use. The remote control has 42 buttons. Can any normal consumer possibly use the majority of them? There are buttons to direct the remote control signals to the TV, the DVD/Blu-ray player, etc., but it's hopelessly complicated for a normal consumer.

Should Apple introduce a television “set,” it's clear to me, they’ll win.

Federal legislation should, in my opinion, bar common carriers from participating in the content creation business. Otherwise, it is too tempting for carriers to mess with traffic to suit their own ends on the content side. For example, it is tempting for Bell or Rogers to “traffic shape” the commodity internet (for example, by deep packet inspection) to reduce the performance of internet video to increase the appeal of their own video distribution offerings.

Copyright © 2012-07-12
Charles Poynton