Introduction

Target Customers?

Cultural Issues?

Etiquette Please?

What Makes This Time Different?

Can Telcos Purchase This Phone?

PC to Video Phone Interoperability?

Cell Phone to Video Phone Interoperability?

Advertising Opportunities?

Role of 3rd Party Developers?

One to Many Broadcast?

Telco Video 101

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I recently had the chance to sit down, sort of, with Bryan Martin, Chairman of 8x8, Incorporated, the company behind the Packet 8 VoIP services. In the case of Packet 8, the "V" stands for both Voice and Video. Instead of meeting in the same location, we used Packet 8 DV326 video phones. In my month-long review of the Packet 8 video telephony solution, I found the quality of the service offering to be as good, if not better than my previous review of Packet 8's voice-only offering.

Our conversation was recorded on a PC and recompressed using 256k Windows Media profile. Despite this double encoding process, the video is quite good. It is important to remember that the broadband connection I used typically provides upstream/downstream bandwidths of less than 300 kb/s, so there weren't a lot of bits to compress my ugly mug.

Also during the course of our conversation, just after I asked Martin about whether the Packet 8 video phones might someday interoperate with PCs, my PC recording program crashed; pretty ironic. One might also note my rather disheveled appearance. I purposely dressed in such informal attire and made sure my hair was unkempt to show the challenges of introducing video into the remote worker environment....normally, I do try to make a better appearance when I have guests.

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The Video Phone Is Here!

by Ken Pyle ([email protected]), Viodi, LLC


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December 15, 2004 Issue

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