Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th May 2009 12:28 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems As you'll hear in the latest OSNews podcast (recorded yesterday, published later today), we had a discussion about Sony and some of its failed attempts at capturing mind share with proprietary technologies, among which the excellent but mismanaged MiniDisc technology. Imagine my surprise when I was browsing the web this morning, looking for news, and stumbled upon a supposedly new model of the Aspire One - with a Vmedia drive. A what?
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RE: I second
by bibe on Tue 19th May 2009 12:35 UTC in reply to "I second"
bibe
Member since:
2005-07-09

The problem with downloadable (video) content is that the bandwidth is not there to fully support it. Even if I did believe in pirating movies, I for one do not want to wait for nearly 5 GB of data to download -- and that's for a regular DVD, let alone Blu-ray.


It's like you overslept last 2 years. Most ~90min movie's on the net fit on a one layer DVD(~4GB) in awesome 720p quality (x264 codec), now if it's your favorite movie and want to enjoy it in full HD/1080p you should buy a BlueRay disc.

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RE[2]: I second
by coreyography on Wed 20th May 2009 02:43 in reply to "RE: I second"
coreyography Member since:
2009-03-06

Well, I guess thanks for the updates. I have not been "sleeping"; it is probably more likely that between the lack of good movies, and the "convenience" of going and getting a DVD from Red Box or Wal-Mart, I have little interest in transcoding or downloading my own (even at ~700MB).

I think the comments about the media companies are spot-on, but even in absence of that I still would not be jumping all over this new format; it is still in my mind inferior to flash memory devices.

I am also not so sure that bandwidth will continue to increase, at least not until there is more financial incentive for providers to increase it. Everywhere I look I see bandwidth providers trying to either cap it or charge more for it above a certain rate.

Edited 2009-05-20 02:47 UTC

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RE[3]: I second
by bornagainenguin on Wed 20th May 2009 03:37 in reply to "RE[2]: I second"
bornagainenguin Member since:
2005-08-07

coreyography posted...

I am also not so sure that bandwidth will continue to increase, at least not until there is more financial incentive for providers to increase it. Everywhere I look I see bandwidth providers trying to either cap it or charge more for it above a certain rate.


This is why the improvements in codec capabilities is so important! It isn't going to be a 700MB file for much longer, instead it is going to become a 300-400MB file for a movie and somewhere between 50MBs to 100MBs for the average TV show. And the quality will be just as good as DVD is now or better.

So even if bandwidth becomes limited, the situation will be routed around by software improvements in video encoding!

--bornagainpenguin

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