Originally Posted by coachmark2
I remember a few months back, Hughesnet launched a 300 gigabit satellite. A 100mbps data stream would be a miniscule drop in the bucket as a portion of the satellite's total bandwidth.
Good to see that it can be done, the question is.... WILL it be done?
I have not been able to find out the technical specs of the satellite(s) used by Hughesnet but in all probability the 300 gigabit quoted is probably satellite / system maximum throughput rather than throughput per user!
Will it be done(?) - that depends on consumer demand, the profitability of 4K for broadcasters and I guess the success of RedRay but I certainly expect that it will be done! Given that if the consumer can buy a 2160P TV for virtually the same price as a 1080P 4K TV they will buy the higher definition (especially when there is a salesman next to them telling them that 1080P is old technology)!
Hughesnet is ok for web browsing and MMO games but definately not
for FPS games (I realise you never said anything about gaming, just thought I would mention it):
HughesNet Gen4 service plans will work with many features offered through gaming services such as Xbox LIVE® and the PlayStation Network. You will be able to download games and game updates, and use the streaming video and music services offered through your gaming system, such as Netflix® and Hulu™. However, the majority of real-time, multi-player games that people play on Xbox LIVE and PlayStation will not work over any satellite Internet service. Strategy and "turn-based" games will work but games requiring a rapid response such as "first-person shooters" will be unplayable.