just a summary of my last night's (german time) experiences:
- mbone is not available at most (german) provider's
- there are no tunnel providers anymore
- even those who had mbone access couldn't receive
the IETF stream
- The oregon multicast crew took several hours to
answer to a mail request (I guess they all were in
Seoul), but all I received was
You aren't going to be able to get multicast connectivity in
a couple of hours. A full day is usually sufficient to
arrange for multicast if all goes well.
You'll be able to watch the archived video when we get back
from IETF and have had a chance to edit the video.
That's ridiculous and not a good advertising for IETF.
"A full day if all goes well" is a joke. (Why does it take
a day to enter a line to an mrouted ?)
- Most surprisingly many, many people seem to have had problems
with accessing the mcast streams, but actually nobody seems to
ever have spent a minute to think about how to access mcast.
I was under the impression as if I was the very first human
asking for an mbone tunnel and mbone tunnels would be a
brand new invention not yet available.
What's the point in sending multicast video sessions if nobody
cares how to receive them? Of course, sending to a multicast
IP address makes live easier in the way to not need to care
for the receiver's address, but how many successful receivers
have there been after all?