Originally Posted by wickedld9
I was referring to heavy lifting of the various video services (source, on-demand, PPV, etc). Perhaps it's a difference of where we worked and how it was designed, but there was significant hardware well north of the CMTS. This was done in two places (active/hot spare) only and was not geographically local. I can say that is not how I would have designed it but...it is what it is.
The other Head-end hardware you are talking about is sort of what I was referring to in my ** at the bottom, I left it out due to length of the conversation already. Your decoders, encoders, dishes, and LNBs all do have costs associated to them, but they are minimal compared to a fully populated CMTS. Hell, unless Fox and other networks have stopped, they usually sent out the decoders themselves, relieving the provider of the upfront cost of that.
It was around ~16 years ago that it cost around $35,000 to convert an Analog cable Head-end to a Digital one, plus the upgrades on the plant itself. Additional services like PPV are now more complex in their software than the hardware.
To be clear, I am not saying providers don't have costs, they do, and those costs can be significant. However, these large providers do have the capacity and ability to handle them. More importantly I am trying to kill this Swan Song by providers on how hard it is.