If all this has got you wondering "why bother?" Well, firstly, there's an argument which suggests that Bitcoin shouldn't be as dependent on the public Internet as it is now-the Internet is not particularly hardened to attacks.
Alternatives might include encrypted Internet circuits, like Tor.
But the problem with squirting crypto transactions down secure, proprietary, software-driven Internet networks like Tor, for example, is that dedicated software and a learning curve lessens the accessibility of Bitcoin to new users.
So a medium found in virtually every home in many parts of the world like digital TV could provide an affordable, easy-to-use block chain system for crypto-currencies.
The main problem is, of course, that it's only one way. But still, according to Koodilehto, it could be used for any cash payment terminals. Anything from a cash register to a coin-operated self-service laundry.
The user sends Bitcoins normally using the Internet, and the laundry reacts to the payment without having to buy a facility Internet ISP subscription-or pay banks.
Source: Network World
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