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elray

join:2000-12-16
Santa Monica, CA

Why it don't work

HBO, much like Google, is completely unprepared to deal with consumers directly, and they don't want to incur their wrath that will come when the streaming pipeline fails miserably. Customers aren't going to blame their ISP...

Skippy25

join:2000-09-13
Hazelwood, MO
Please elaborate on your "when the streaming pipeline fails miserably" comment.

elray

join:2000-12-16
Santa Monica, CA
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said by Skippy25:

Please elaborate on your "when the streaming pipeline fails miserably" comment.

It will stutter, stall, fade, pixelate, or otherwise demonstrate internet-based routing issues common to all streaming sites. And that's before the ISP issues and "neutral" protocols.

Its not that streaming video protocols and players can't be made to overcome 99.9% of these failures - but I've yet to see any sites supporting same, or players, out-of-the-box, so robustly configured, or allowing the consumer to make such settings if they were even available.