[LINK] ABC-Telstra deal -- the terms and conditions
Wed, 16 Feb 2000 15:55:30 +1100 (EST)
Hey, I just LOVE to hear an optimist talk! In reality I suspect it would be
very much a tied ISP and you may not get 'full functionality' at all?
At 15:08 16/02/00 +1100, you wrote:
>My understanding is that (some? all? I haven't read the final
>receiver standard yet) set-top boxes for digital television will have
>a backchannel, via a telephone line (or a cable maybe?). This will
>be connected to the Internet via an ISP and will (presumably) allow
>full Internet functionality on your tv, as well as allowing people to
>respond to interactive broadcast content. Presumably the Telstra/ABC
>agreement will have the ABC attempting to get people to sign up for
>this 'backchannel' with Telstra as the ISP. At a guess this will
>involve the ABC plugging Telstra when the ABC broadcasts interactive
>content. Something along the lines of: 'To receive the full
>benefits of this interactive content you need an Internet connection
>from your set-top box. Telstra is able to provide this etc etc'.
>>Adam Todd wrote:
>>>> 7d makes the ABC "nominate Telstra as its (p)refered
>>>> ISP backchannel for interactive datacasting." It is not
>>>> clear quite what that means yet; it depends on how
>>>> datacasting functions.
>>> That means all outbound traffic (backchannel) that is sent TO the
>>> internet must be carried on the Telstra Internet Network.
>>> Telstra charges for BACKCHANNEL traffic. If ABC were to datacast and
>>> as the agreement seems to point, be forced to use only the Telstra
>>> Network for traffic inbound and outbound, the outbound flow would
>>> without question be far higher than the inbound and thus a BACKCHANNEL
>>> charge will apply.
>>> This could turn out very costly to the ABC.
>>Thanks Adam. I thought of that interpretation, but there is also the
>>possibility that it could mean the back-channel link from the customer back to
>>the ABC (or have I got my terminology mixed up here?).
>>It seems to me that the outbound datacasting information (possibly streaming
>>media) would be carried by ABC radio, TV channel or satellite, but that the
>>return channel from the customer would need to be carried by an ISP. This
>>could mean that ABC is to promote both its datacasting services, and
>>Big Pond together.
>>How do other people read it?
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