9   The Importance of Bandwidth

Here we go again! First music, then TV shows, and now movies.

—Steve Jobs

Both IPTV and Internet Video services are critically dependent on adequate network bandwidth. Without it, Internet Video files can be excessively slow to download, and streaming video won't work. IPTV simply cannot operate without sufficient bandwidth to carry the signal. So, ensuring adequate network capacity is extremely important for operations and quality of service.

Until recently, skeptics have maintained that delivering bandwidth-hungry television channels over broadband would vex providers seeking to build a new business with an incomplete technology foundation. The complaint was that operators would be “challenged to ensure that ...

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