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  •  Given the difference between ... (0+ / 0-)

    ... text and video bandwidth demands, and the difference in tolerance of email / text chat / twitter versus streaming video and audio to drops in internet access (as in going through a tunnel), you could have a hybrid system with a selection of streaming movies & other streaming content hosted on a server on the train and a mini-VSAT providing a modest amount of external bandwidth.

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    by BruceMcF on Tue Mar 04, 2014 at 09:41:00 AM PST

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    •  or a small caching server (0+ / 0-)

      that figures out you want "Netflix", loads it when it can,

      and then a fast response on text/email...

      •  That kind of pre-caching ... (0+ / 0-)

        ... can be done for an entire movie or season of a television show, by agreement with the streaming service, where with the transport most commonly used for licensed media, you are limited to a fraction of a minute ahead.

        That would work with a system with relatively low bandwidth mobile satellite internet and substantially higher bandwidth available at stations, through a land connection or fixed satellite internet ... the server could "call ahead" to have the next station  pre load a collection of material which can then be block loaded through a high capacity link when the train gets to the station.

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        by BruceMcF on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 11:52:08 AM PST

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        •  you usually start at a urban area, and you are (0+ / 0-)

          en route,  plus, people can bring along a few DVDs
          for the kids,  or the server can be one of those
          hotel services which caches popular movies and
          say "20 games"...

          •  That latter is what I was originally describing .. (0+ / 0-)

            .... the route starts in an urban area, but a substantial share start in or run through a more lightly poulated area, especially on routes with shorter corridors on a portion of the route, selecting for both longer trips and trips in the more lightly poulated areas on the long distance trains.

            In any event, simplest would be a deal with Netflix and possibly a premium movie setvice for a rotating selection of movies & TV series & a collection of fladh games on the in-board WiFi when running through a dark zone.

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            by BruceMcF on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 12:32:35 PM PST

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