Advantages for Consumers
Advantages for Service Providers
The following provides further elaboration of the benefits to consumers:
Ease of Use: The RG plug-and-play approach provides the consumer the ease of use they demand, as installation and upgrades offered by service providers would be seamless and transparent. The RG hides the complexity of multiple networks and keeps things simple for the consumer.
Lower Cost: Most American households have between two and three TV's. The RG approach is more cost-effective than an expensive TV set-top box, and provides for the future requirements of interactivity. Prices for today's hybrid analog/digital set-top models and emerging digital models range between $300. and $700. per box. The trend among television manufacturers is to move the digital decompression (MPEG) technology into the TV set and PC motherboard. The RG represents an opportunity to centralize – and reduce the cost of the network interface.
More Services: A consumer business model can be developed where value-added modules for consumers are offered. Eventual widespread acceptance would enable more services and capabilities to be offered at a lower cost, in a plug-and-play fashion.
Service providers will see specific benefits, outlined below. The primary advantage of the RG is that one service provider could provide all information services to and from the home.