Comcast’s CEO Roberts Downloads 23 Episodes of 30 Rock in 1.39 Minutes at 1Gbps

16 06 2011
@zbutcher: Wow, so jealous… wicked fast! Can’t happen soon enough IMHO. Not sure of the cost but the concept alone is enough to want make hard core web surfers (like myself) start save up immediately! 


At the Cable Show in Chicago today, Comcast’s CEO Brian Roberts showcased the company’s ability to deliver 1 gigabit per second throughput by downloading a full season of 23 episodes of 30 Rock in just 1 minute, 39 seconds. Putting the 1 Gbps throughput in context, Roberts noted that back in 1996, delivering 1-2 megabits per second was state of the art, and that as recently as 2007, 100 megabits per second was the limit. 

Increasing speed has been a core value proposition of cable’s broadband ISP efforts for years. It has taken on even greater importance recently as consumption of high-quality video has soared. An emerging theme in the pay-TV industry is delivering not just on-demand streams, but full lineups of live TV over IP as well. All of this will drive ever-higher consumer needs for bandwidth. 

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