Growing up I was a HUGE Freddy Krueger fan! I think I was him for Halloween at least 6 years in a row. Now, it might sound odd that a kid between the ages of 5 - 11 was a horror movie nut, but I was! I recently asked my mom why she let me watch it, and she said "Well you understood it was not real. So I figured why not?" She's the bestest! One of the greatest things about that franchise was the tenure it had! 8 films from the original series, then a remake. You always knew there was going to be another, because Freddy never really dies. You can't kill him off. He's an institution. A staple. A guarantee of slasher goodness.
When I read articles, or talk with industry folks about ISDN, I think about Mr. Fredrick Kruger. ISDN is an institution. A staple. The cornerstone upon which all other studio communication is benchmarked, however it's outdated and tired. However...IT JUST WON'T DIE!!!
The debate of how/why to kill off ISDN always floats around the same things:
All of these in execution and logic are flawed in one way or another. Mostly it's straight ignorant thinking. Studios are not scared or afraid their investment won't payoff. If you've spent anytime in good studios you'll know these hard working folks are always looking for the latest and greatest. They are tech folk just like you and me!
Do you want to know why ISDN won't die anytime soon...because there is NO SINGLE AGREED STANDARD TO REPLACE IT! ipDTL, Source Connect (in it's various forms), SoundStreak, blah blah blah. Until one technology is developed that will easy replace ISDN and will be an agreed upon standard IT WILL NOT DIE. Well at least not easily anyway. The only way to kill it completely is the telecoms not supporting it at all. That's it folks. Until that happens, buckle in because there is still life in this franchise...ISDN 10 DREAM SESSION (or something like that).
Think about it, each time a new technology comes rolling out, ISDN is the benchmark. You can argue all you want about audio quality, and connectivity, etc...but without proper acceptance of a new standard any of these other new technologies are just doomed to be thrown on the pile of dead app carcasses. And let's just all agree that any "ISDN replacement" that is out there is superior in quality and connectivity. It obviously is! It's been developed in, at the least, the past 5 years! ISDN has been around since WAY before I was born. The ease of connectivity alone is well beyond anything ISDN can even think of doing.
Want to know what will replace it? A magical box that can take either existing ISDN lines and convert it to IP or the other way around. Especially ones that can talk to existing ISDN boxes via IP. Names like Zephyr and Musicam have to get into the fight by developing technology that will be familiar but adopting new standards.
Until there is a new standard, this nightmare is going to continue. It just won't die. But whatever you do...don't fall asleep...
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