Can the other major TelCo’s be far behind?
For so long, established studios have pooh-pooh’d early predictions of ISDN’s demise. But now, the writing is on the wall.
I think it’s time to call the undertaker and buy the burial plot.
The argument has always gone that the studios — you know — STUDIOS — are refusing to give up their tried ‘n’ true solution for recording remote talent. I get it. Change is upsetting. But I can’t think of any studio (beyond maybe… Disney) with clout enough to forestall the major telephone companies from yanking ISDN support.
Read this announcement from the respected Radio World website. (my thanks to “DemoDave” Martin of Las Vegas for this tip!)
The line disconnects mentioned in the article include the densely-populated New England states, especially the powerhouse NYC broadcast/entertainment market. The article recommends not disconnecting any ISDN lines, as it might be hard to get them re-connected, and to order any new lines NOW.
I take no joy in this eventuality. I worked hard to get my ISDN and even harder to pay for it. BUT, I’m also seeking the next-best-thing, and if you’ve read this blog at all in the last year, you know I consider the top contenders to be Source-Connect, ConnectionOpen, and SoundStreak (no particular order), and the possibility of a new Skype service. Those are all Internet-based solutions. Frankly, I don’t see any other technology even remotely on the horizon to take ISDN’s place.