Re: Live satellite feeds

Jay Arden Ashcraft (
Mon, 10 Jul 1995 19:09:23 -0500 (CDT)

On Mon, 10 Jul 1995, Dr. Joe Baptista wrote:
I heard a while back that Hughes was offering DirecPC wherein you
could hook up a PC to a modem line, have a Web browser, select a link,
and then have and with a card the receiving of the data requested by a
Direct-PC digital sat dish at 400Kbps for less than 20 bucks a month.
For a receive only application this would seem great but I think they
charge more after you reach a certian amount on MBits downloaded. I
think you can also subscribe to services like CNN desktop too and I think
the apps (unless there is a new PCI card for the new Macs) only work with
windoze PC's but don't know. Would seem that their could be some good
applications for a configuration as a Mac with CU-SeeMe or even
Quicktime Conferencing broadcasts and a DirecPC link. Could also be
designed for instructional video on demand applications. The nice thing
is that it gives enough bandwidth to receive good audio, video almost
anywhere, anytime. Even in business applications you could always use a
phone call to give feedback.

We used CU-SeeMe in an instructional application this Spring between the
University of Texas in Austin and the University of Washington. We were
able to have guest speakers in Seattle speak and interact with the Austin
class that otherwise would not have had the opportunity to learn from and
have disussions. In Austin we were also able to share guests with the
Seattle class. It was a great experience in implementation of this
technology that would not be available without the energy of the Cornell

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