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Daryk

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Re: What is in universe mass media like?
« Reply #30 on: 29 October 2019, 17:26:25 »
At least until they return to Lyran space...  ^-^

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Re: What is in universe mass media like?
« Reply #31 on: 30 October 2019, 16:00:52 »
Don't recall ever seeing a data rate, but the "standard" HPG message form was once mentioned to be about a typical paragraph in length.  That would go out with an unknown sized batch of other messages.  Any more than that and you're paying premium rates.  For headline news, the cost of a handful of forms isn't at all out of the question even for a small local news service, but video is going to get awfully expensive in a hurry.

I would assume that the data rates and total volume of transmission would match the rest of the BT economy: as much or little as the plot requires.

I think it said somewhere that a C-bill was the cost for a single HPG transmission of one page of text.  A C-bill was also supposed to be the equivalent of about 5 US dollars back in 1990.

Sports scores, stock prices, newspaper articles, and things like that would be cheap enough to transmit.  Even a massive novel like Stephen King's The Stand would only cost like 1300 C-bills to send from one planet to another.  A publishing company could afford a $7,000 expense to send a copy of a best selling book to a subsidiary company on a different planet.

What you wouldn't have is sound or video that was remotely affordable by normal people.  But you could send an e-mail to grandma for 5 bucks, wishing her a happy birthday or something.

massey

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Re: What is in universe mass media like?
« Reply #32 on: 30 October 2019, 16:18:35 »
Sounds good until a couple captains loose their license because they didn't prevent their crews from cutting into some media conglomerate's juicy exclusive distribution contract.

In the real world, international copyright doesn't really get enforced until there's an established market that people care about.  Think about guys bringing over bootleg anime tapes in the 1980s.  The Japanese companies that owned the rights to those shows didn't pay any attention until they realized there was a lot of money to be made.  In the Inner Sphere, bootleggers wouldn't be making money off of delivering known media along existing trade routes.  You'd do it by going to places with little direct contact with each other.

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Re: What is in universe mass media like?
« Reply #33 on: 30 October 2019, 16:49:39 »
Unless the licensed version was really expensive or had tons of DRM on it.
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Re: What is in universe mass media like?
« Reply #34 on: 11 November 2019, 22:53:27 »
40% of household in the FWL have working RHE https://www.sarna.net/wiki/Recreational_Hologram_Environments gear in 3025. They have viewing parties and sharing equipment spread that out further. The tech has advanced substantially into things like smellovision by the late 3060s. We would call that something like room scale augmented reality these days. The Boreal Reach arena on Solaris is the largest example of this technology.

 

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