Now what about an "nstreme"-like protocol for two copper wires? MikroTik devices at both sides - at the TelCo and at the customer premise.
This would be needed for HDTV at distances from 500m to 2-3km, utilising the telephone copper wires already in place underground.
Well, that is easier said than done.
I work at a DSL ISP which does ULL (unbundling) and therefore operates it's own DSLAMs and the other related "crap" as you named it
The fact is - there is no way in hell that you are ever going to be allowed to operate some strange mikrotik copper-nstream over the public telephone network because of the interference etc. it will cause to the other phone lines.
While it would still be possible to develop something like that, it will definitely be confined to indoor cabling because no telco company in the world will ever allow you to use it in the public phone network. at least not in western europe.
In fact I think it would be smarter to just build some routerboard with a VDSL2 or ADSL2+ chipset on board. These are proven to work and you can actually use them because they are allowed by telco regulations.
The ADSL2+/VDSL2 Chipset could then be elegantly abstracted by Mikrotik, e.g providing a PPP channel per ATM virtual circuit or an ethernet interface if operated in Ethernet over ATM mode (ADSL) or just treating it like another Ethernet Interface (VDSL2 - supports VLANs etc as it transports Ethernet natively, not ATM).
PS: If there are any movements inside Mikrotik to implement ADSL/VDSL chipsets - please take a closer look at the broadcom chipsets - they are usually of higher quality and capability than the outdated Texas Instruments chipsets. Also they can be nicely controlled in Linux using the adslctl tool.