With all the video downloading services out on the Internet today it is easy for consumers to get confused on exactly what quality video they are watching. Video codecs, vide bitrates, streaming, buffering, etc, etc, gives too many people headaches. Mark Cuban lends his wisdom as to what is really going on with Internet video and its impact on what is real HD video.
Deny it all you want, but Hannah Montana is a huge phenomenon in today's pop culture. In a rare occurence, the Miley Cyrus concert, Best of Both Worlds, will be hitting broadcast television before the release of the DVD or Blu-ray. The concert will air on the Disney channel (no word on whether it will air on th Disney HD channel) on July 26th, nearly a full three weeks before it's DVD release. Starz has also announced that it will air the concert in both standard def and HD and hour later.
Comcast is preparing to dump a bunch of analog channels in 20 percent of its market by the end of the year, with the rest being dumped by 2010. FCC regulations require cable and satellite providers to make digital-analog converters readily available to their analog customers. However, this is a small cost for the corporations as the customers they will gain do to the ability to add new HD channels will far exceed the converter cost.
Cinemanow offers a variety of services now available through Windows Media Center. It appears there is no support for Apple users. Sorry. Also, most all downloads are listed at 1200 and 1500 kbps for about a total of a 1.5 GB download. This correlates to less than one quarter the resolution of a purchased DVD. Don't even bother comparing the resolution with the bitrate and resolution of Blu-ray discs. Not to mention, the sound format of even new releases is stereo.