By Richard Nesin, president, HomePNA
The news stories I wrote about last week -- AT&T launching its eagerly anticipated home network based whole-home DVR and Cablevision announcing that it will be launching its network based RS-DVR early next year -- raised some points about basic technology differences between telcos and cablecos. The Online Reporter, published by Rider Research, put it well in an article this week:
“The reason the telcos adopted home network technology far ahead of the cablecos is that telcos use the home network as their sole means of distributing all TV - DVR, VoD or broadcast - to each set-top box in the home.
As we and others have pointed out, the cable TV companies, specifically Comcast - the world’s largest - have not publicly committed to company-wide deployments of a particular home network technology.
Cablecos, unlike telcos, don’t have to have a home network to deliver video within the home. They use their standard video MPEG delivery system and current digital set-top boxes to deliver video to the home’s TV sets.”
So one question I (and apparently other people that follow triple play and home networking) have is when, if ever, will the cablecos start to deploy home networking for distributing video. HomePNA is establishing itself as the technology of choice for North American telcosand powerline home networking is seeing success in Europe where the requirements are lowerbut I have to wonder about the future of our cousins over at MOCA -- which is home networking designed for cablecos.