whats this all about

Alex Fraser beatnic at comcast.net
Sat Oct 22 13:19:13 CDT 2005

Just was at http://www.atomfilms.com/
last night.  Those just use windows media player, still a lot of fun.
I am now shopping for a HDTV and have been amazed at the offerings out 
there.  Apparently 1080p is being sold, but I have no idea where you 
would get the programming. Also many of the sets offer firewire IEEE 
1394 inputs, does this mean you can play DV direct from your camcorder 
or hard disk?
What have people bought so far? I mean any personal experiences with 
HDTV would be welcome.

Robert Stratton wrote:

> On Oct 22, 2005, at 09:21, riese-k3djc at juno.com wrote:
>>   http://www.pridenation.com/gbox/stats.htm     Bob k3DJC
> I don't know about "Proud TV", but the Akimbo technology uses a set- 
> top box that presents streaming video content from the Internet. I  
> knew of a few niche programmers experimenting with this sort of  
> technology right now, but I wasn't aware of any package programmers  
> bundling a range of content services until now. You deploy a  
> proprietary set-top box at home, and receive your video programming  
> over your broadband connection. I expect you'll see more of this as  
> things like Verizon's FIOS service are rolled out.
> On the single-user side, one of the more interesting analogs to this  
> is a thing called the Slingbox, which will stream your inputs (cable/ 
> DVD/etc.) to a PC, and apparently (according to some of my home  
> satellite hobbyist cohorts) has a spiffy adaptive codec that adjusts  
> well to changing bandwidth/latency conditions. Sony has a thing  
> called LocationFree TV, which does the same to either handheld TV's,  
> the Playstation Portable, or a PC. From what I've heard LocationFree  
> is using MPEG2 for inter-device local streams, and MPEG4 AVC for  
> cross-Internet PC streaming. Current word on the street is that  
> Sony's Internet transmissions are not ready for prime time (no pun  
> intended).
> All of these devices have IR blasters so that you can remotely  
> control your A/V hardware over the Internet with the appropriate  
> client software, for channel changing, etc.
> If you don't want hardware at all, look on the Internet for a package  
> called VLC or VideoLanClient. It is accreting features every day and  
> is probably the Swiss Army knife of streaming video software. It  
> tends to want as much CPU as you care to let it have.
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