StarBlazer: So here's a technical query for all the network Ninjas out there.
Will PLP have an agreement somewhere that guarantees them enough bandwidth to stream the content of 'x' number of live games from the UK to the CDN in NZ. I know once it's here, it's a domestic issue but let's say 10+ games live at 5Mbps over the SC Cable which we all know can be a bottleneck.
Which leads to the next question, how live will live actually be? A couple of seconds delay or closer to a minute because they will have to receive, compress (for the different bandwidths) and store the data for distribution.
It doesn't really make any difference to me - just curious.
Sorry, I'm not a network Ninja and others know the detail better than me but starting with the second question - the NFL forums suggest that around one minute delay is typical which gives plenty of time for encoding, processing and distribution (including user buffering). Users were complaining when the delay rose to 90 seconds. PLP might be less or more - time will tell.
I would be very disappointed if they could not have 30 Mbps (10 x current offering) into NZ, especially as it isn't time critical (as above). These are separate streams and UFB users on Geekzone forums suggest 2-3 MB/s (well over 3 Mbps) are typically achieved speeds from sources like the US. If PLP are constrained by SC Cable they aren't doing it right.