I read an article lately called “Will Netflix destroy the Internet” on Slate.com (http://www.slate.com/id/2273314/) where the author questions if Video On Demand will survive or will it become so successful, it swallows up all the available bandwidth on the Internet.  Now, I am not going to get into a technical discussion here since I believe that backbone bandwidth can be added and technology such as Verizon FiOS (Fiber to the house) will continue to allow VOD to be successful, but I do want to talk about irony.

I find it rather ironic that the long-standing discussions on who would win the ISP customer (Cable companies or telephone companies)  that has occurred for more than 10 years in the United States was based on convergence.  Convergence of voice, data applications and yes, real-time streaming media. To say it another way, we have been promised streaming media over the Internet for 10 plus years and now that it is finally beginning to take off, analysts are questioning if it can successfully sustain itself.  Oh the irony of success.

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