I requested to see the ViaTV which was advertised on their flyer. It was selling at $400 and has a $150 rebate if you purchase a pair.
I was looking at this product as a potential consumer. I have 2000 shares of this stock and am considering about increasing my position depending how excited I will be with the product as a consumer.
The thing that held me back from buying was the fact that this machine has a throughput of 28K baud only. I thought I would wait when they could deliver it with a 56K baud model which is the industry standard now. If they could deliver a model with this speed, it would be worth a buy as the 15 frames/second still looks jerky. You would need at least 24 frames/second for the video to appear normal to the human eye and if they can transmit it at twice the speed, the 24 frames/sec is attainable.
I would not be surprise if they are already developing such a model if they are not rolling it out already...
You will never see 56K baud, not because 8x8's product can't handle it, because the infrastructure of the phone lines won't. 56K is actually a one-way baud rate. Even if you link up with a 56K baud modem, you can only download at 56k. Uploading is 33.6 max, and your modem automatically sets the baud rate depending on the quality of the connnection. Invariably, this is something less than adequate to support 33.6K. So, you are typically sending data much slower than you might think. The 8x8 chip is certainly not limited to 28K, but the modem inside the box might be. Otherwise, it could be upgraded with a software download if 56K ever became a two-way reality. However, it is extremely unlikely the phone company will upgrade all their neighborhood boxes just for more bandwidth. The next step will be coax or fiber.