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Three potential models for the Pac-12 Network

Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by Buffnik, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    According to Jon Wilner, the plan will be known within a few weeks. It looks like it will be one of 3 models:

    1. Take over existing network and re-brand as the Pac-12 Network for immediate cable distribution.

    2. Partner with a cable communications company like Comcast on a brand new network.

    3. Bet on the future by being the first mover on a major internet network through a partnership with Apple and/or Google.

    #3 is very intriguing. It would give up a lot of early revenue because it wouldn't get the cable subscription fees and rely solely on advertising, but with the ESPN/FOX deal recently signed it's not like the Pac-12 is desperate for cash. When tv's become home computers within the next decade and as mobile devices continue to grow, the Pac-12 would be at the forefront and best positioned for the future.

    http://blogs.mercurynews.com/collegesports/2011/06/27/pac-12-tv-network-assessing-the-options-one-of-them-is-a-doozy/#more-20171
     
  2. MtnBuff

    MtnBuff Not allowed in Barzil 2 Club Member

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    Most intriging would be #4, a blend of #2 and #3. ESPN is already starting into the internet field with ESPN 3 so that barrier has been broken. At the same time the cable communications companies like Comcast and others are also heavily invested in internet communcations and are trying to drive internet customers to their services. At the same time the traditional communication companies like Qwest in the Rocky Mountain region and SBC on the Pacific coast are trying to hold on to their market share and this would be a way for them to lock in a solid hold in the new telecommunications business.
     
  3. tante

    tante Club Member Club Member

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    I don't like option 3 at all. Streaming is not quite ready yet. Sure it is nice to stream from netflix, but if I watch sports I want to see in in high def not some 5 minute buffer delayed stream. Google tv so far has been a dud and I don't want apple touching this with a 10 foot pool, it would suck to be locked on some apple only device to watch the games.
     
  4. buff4bcs1985

    buff4bcs1985 Hail to the King

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    this... plus working with comcast... it would give them a slice of the pie that they desperately wanted before...
     
  5. Darth Snow

    Darth Snow Hawaiian Buffalo Club Member Junta Member

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    I vote for #5. Start off with someone elses channel to save on start up costs, and then invest heavily in the online option as time goes on.
     
  6. buff4bcs1985

    buff4bcs1985 Hail to the King

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    zbuff Club Member Club Member

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    With true 4G, not just using the name for higher-end 3G speeds, this won't be a problem. From Wikipedia, 4G offers:

    • A nominal data rate of 100 Mbit/s while the client physically moves at high speeds relative to the station, and 1 Gbit/s while client and station are in relatively fixed positions as defined by the ITU-R[SUP][23][/SUP]
    • A data rate of at least 100 Mbit/s between any two points in the world[SUP][23][/SUP]
     
  8. Darian3Hagan

    Darian3Hagan '89 Player of the Year Club Member

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    1gb is an awfully big pipe hell 100mb is big. I can't even get score updates at Folsom and I have installed over 20 T1s there.
     
  9. Goose

    Goose Hoops Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    Updated info on the network. Money quote:

     
  10. tante

    tante Club Member Club Member

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    have you used 4G yet? I understand the theoretical bandwidth, but we have to live with realistic rules here in the real world.
     
  11. tante

    tante Club Member Club Member

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    I hope Comcast is able to pick up the channel if it goes to time warner.
     
  12. GoBuffs08

    GoBuffs08 Well-Known Member

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    Down with cable. Directv
     
  13. BuffLuKe

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    If Comcast got it, would it even be available on Directv?
     
  14. drmike

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    This definitely has me worried. It is difficult to find cable for your rv while tailgating.:huh:
     
  15. buff4bcs1985

    buff4bcs1985 Hail to the King

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    are yall kidding me... if a cable company got it all they would be doing is running the network... of course they would widelt distribute it... how else would they make money off of it it not like say some ****** company in nevada got it and then they would only distributed it in nevada...
     
  16. zbuff

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    I almost added more about the real world aspect, but decided at the time the theoretical comparison was enough. But you're right - today I was looking at some reviews of I think it was T-Mobile in San Francisco, and they were talking about 4G speeds in the 14.4Mbit range, as measured by I'm thinking it was speedtest.net mobile app. Still pretty fast.
     
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    :iagree:
     
  18. Ruckus

    Ruckus Peep my words. Club Member

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    Thread is not what I wanted it to be about.
     
  19. Tatanka™

    Tatanka™ Well-Known Member

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    Yeah. I'd prefer these two as the PAC-12 models.

    Miss Laura M. Prestin
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    Denise Milani (She claims those are real and they look like it.)
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