Could YouTube crash the Net?

New Internet TV services such as YouTube and Joost may bring the global network to its knees, Internet companies said today, adding that they are already investing heavily just to keep data flowing. Google Inc., which acquired online video-sharing site YouTube last year, said the Internet was not designed for TV. It even issued a warning to companies that think they can start distributing mainstream TV shows and movies on a global scale at broadcast quality over the public Internet.

"The Web infrastructure, and even Google's [infrastructure], doesn't scale. It's not going to offer the quality of service that consumers expect," Vincent Dureau, Google's head of TV technology, said at the Cable Europe Congress. The company instead offered to work with cable operators to combine its technology for searching for video and TV footage and its tailored advertising with the cable networks' high-quality delivery of shows.

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Maybe I don't understand how the internet works (at least I don't believe it to be a series of tubes, right?)

But that doesn't really sound likely to me..

Where is the data, anyway?

You might be able to crash a few websites if you resirected youtube.com to another website such as neowin.net but i really dont think youtube could possibly crash the net...

InsaneNutter said,
You might be able to crash a few websites if you resirected youtube.com to another website such as neowin.net but i really dont think youtube could possibly crash the net...

they're not saying only YouTube will cause serious problems but every site and company that will offer iptv. If they all begin with it the amount of extra data on the internet will be enormous.

Totally, thats why Sky crapped themselves and did 400Million on buying up broadband providers. Satellite dishes will be extinct in a decade.

... and we'll all be flying around with rocketpacks strapped to our backs, just like they predicted 30 years ago.

You're basically saying that wired technology will win out over wireless. Look at the way networking tech is headed.

Not coping? People are already downloading full length movies and games via the net, although I dont know if streaming is any different, but it is already happening.

I agree though - the internet was not built for TV, but it seems to be coping okay so far and I am on (I would say these days) a pretty slow 1Mb connection.

But this is how it will be in the future, TV will stream through the net offering better services, more channels and stuff you actually want to watch!