robertm wrote:\1) The internet cannot handle that kind of traffic it would take to stream to 120+ million homes. The only reason why your experience has been fine is because so far the adoption rate of streaming has been manageable.
"the internet" doesn't handle the traffic on long haul links, it comes from nearby CDN nodes. (Exception being those with bad DNS who get cross-country CDN delivery and then complain about service.) The limiting factor tends to be ISP provisioning rates. Are some ISPs desperately oversubscribed and underprovisioned? You bet. Are there others that are doing well? Definitely. My connection is in one of the areas of the country with the highest penetration of streaming users, but it's also on one of the best ISPs in the country (verizon FIOS) and streaming has always been rock solid. Scaling up has simply not been a problem. There seem to be a lot of ATT uverse customers getting the shaft, on the other hand, but the same thing can happen to cable subscribers. (I already recounted how my old cable company would manage to simply lose one channel for days at a time.) Would the infrastructure be able to handle everyone cutting over today? Of course not. But can it handle people transitioning over time? Sure--though some providers will be truly lousy, and service won't be satisfactory for those customers unless there's a competitive provider they can jump ship to.