Yes, by bringing the discussion to the other end, what I was wanting to do was to explore what all could be done with a data broadcast satellite. Yes, I fully understand bandwidth is at a premium and the tendency is to try to find a big one-size-fits-all solution. But there’s so much more to datacasting.
So at one end of the model is one to many broadcasting
- one weather cast for the whole world
- one featured Wikipedia page
- one world news cast
In the middle somewhere is a one-to-a-few service. These could be like newsgroups that a reader would subscribe to.
- a pager for a group
- localized weather
- localized news
- tsunami, fire, windstorm or hurricane warnings
At the other end of the model is a one-to-one service.
- a pager for one individual
- short messages, or even e-mail delivery
Who says that there has to be only one source?
News, information, notifications, text messages, e-mails, could be a multitude of sources.
Who says that there can’t be a program schedule?
- notifications should be immediate
- weather and news can come out at various times of the day
- e-mails and texts can be delivered as quickly as possible around the clock
- large files such as Wikipedia articles can be downloaded at night.
For what it’s worth.