Apparently, (I say apparently as the news is mostly coming in from ‘scare’ stories from the papers) ISPs are going to cause trouble if the BBCs catch-up TV service takes up too much of their bandwidth. Mary Turner, CEO of Tiscali UK says, “The internet was not set up with a view to distributing video. We have been improving our capacity, but the bandwidth we have is not infinite”. (quote via the FT).
It’s obvious that a massive (unlikely given how fiddly it is) take up of the VoD services would cause extra internet traffic – but most people in the UK are on capped services, they can’t download (or p2s upload) any more than their quota without paying extra. So extra – and not easily monitored – traffic would be something you’d think that the ISPs would be pleased about.