IBM, Apple deliver digital media standard

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    HDTV Content ala iTunes

    I still have a dream that someday Apple will offer streaming HDTV content from a store much like iTunes. AVC/H.264 is a step in that direction from what I can tell, and with companies like IBM and Cisco developing in cooperation with Apple, the future is looking bright :D
     
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    There's a slight problem with your dream, at least for the time being. H.264 requires dedicated DSP hardware, even for decoding, at HDTV resolutions. About the only thing you can do with a fairly modern CPU is video conferencing, where the resolution and/or frame rates are much lower. If memory serves me, it takes over 50% of a high-end TI DSP just to decode SDTV at full resolution and frame rate. Encoding requires roughly twice the horse power.

    Having said that, the IBM/Apple alliance has to be good news.
     
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    It will be the "windows media" killer... the next is a big open standard IM service... Jabber? big companies offering jabber support and each one the own client for their purposes. and H.264.. :cool:
     

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