DirecTV Will Sell ViaSat, HughesNet Broadband
TV, Broadband Bundles Available Later This Year
Back in February ViaSat announced they were phasing out the WildBlue brand to focus on their Exede satellite broadband service, and DirecTV announced they'd no longer be selling WildBlue
. A few months later and it's not too surprising to see DirecTV announce that they'll be offering broadband service bundles through both Hughes and ViaSat. "“With greatly improved capacity and speeds, satellite broadband services provided by ViaSat and Hughes will fully support our customers’ connected home experience, enabling them to access a host of features like YouTube, Pandora, social TV apps, and more than 7,000 VOD titles," insists the company in a press release
that's woefully absent of pricing or launch window details. Both ViaSat and HughesNet are offering (or will soon offer) faster speeds made possible by the launches of new Ka-band satellites.
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said by davidhoffman:Yep, can't beat the laws of physics. Just ask LightSquared.
No, ping times will not go down. A data packet dealing with a 46,000 mile round trip is going to have some cost in terms of time.
..unless someone develops subspace communications..
Re: DirecTV offering ViaSat and HughesNet Broadband Again, the service is not for latency sensitive applications, and the top executives at ViaSat have stated that emphatically. You cannot change the laws of physics. If someone wants to create a super version of the Iridium 66 low orbit satellite network, you might get lower ping times. Good luck finding the trillions of dollars that would cost. Not even Google could finance that.
The ability to get news, market data, educational information, health information, medical information, and similar content that is not latency sensitive, is still very important to businesses and residents in dial-up only areas. Gaming, Skype, and video conferencing are nice to have features that have less priority than more basic World Wide Web functions for dial-up users.
Most of the Federal Stimulus money for broadband went to fiber optic backbone and middle mile projects. But in order to quickly solve some connectivity issues in very remote rural areas they decided that microwave and satellite offerings had to be part of the mix of solutions. DSL would not work in some areas because the distance to the central office was too great. In order to reduce the distance sufficiently, you would have to run a very long fiber connection to a remote DSLAM. The cost of that, in some cases, was too large on a per potential subscriber basis, and it would take too long to install. Cellular connections providing the same capability as satellite would have required very large antennas and bidirectional amplifiers. Steerable 60ft diameter dish antennas are not inexpensive to build or operate.
Satellite based broadband is not for every potential internet user. It does help some people who live or work in remote areas, similar to the original Big Ugly Dish C-band satellite television subscribers, who could not get regular Over The Air broadcast television because they were too far from the transmitting antenna.
Re: DirecTV offering ViaSat and HughesNet Broadband I know families in Forsyth County Georgia who are not low income by any means. They have not been able to get a cable or DSL installation for broadband. The POTS wiring is so old, dial-up is barely functional. They are so far from the cellular towers, and in such tall dense forest, that no mobile phones work, even if you are sitting on the roof 40 feet in the air. In order to use cellular broadband they would need to spend hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars on the best parabolic antennas, antenna mounts, lowest attenuation cables, bidirectional amplifiers, electrical power support, and installation costs. In those cases, Exede might be a better value.
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Anyone confused yet? So DirecTV, whose former parent company used to own HughesNet, which was previously known as DirecWay, and DirecPC before that, stopped promoting HughestNet, when their competitor in the TV world, Dish Network, purchased them and switched their alliance to Wild Blue. Now after saying they were going to sever ties with them, DirecTV will be bundling both Wild Blue, now known as Exede and their former sister company HughesNet, which again is owned by their sole satellite TV competitor
I havent looked at satellite internet pricing in a while, so I just went to Wild Bl
.Exedes website. With the top plan, for only $130/month, plus the $10/month modem rental fee you can get a whopping 25GB worth of data a month. How many hours of HD content from DirecTVs On Demand service can you download before you eat that up without doing anything else. With HughesNet, for only $110/month you get that generous 450MB/day data allowance.
I really dont see how either option in their present form could be good for any of the things listed. And I really dont see a DirecTV/Exede or DirecTV/HughesNet combo, being all that much better.
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