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Bob Walters 03-06-2009 08:37 AM

"STREAMING VIDEO"
 
Folks,
I think it's important to start a thread re: streaming video...............seems like the future in the making.............and to be honest, I'm a little LOST! Names like Roku, VUDU, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft Media, etc., etc. keep cropping up!!! With all the intelligence within these forums, I'm sure we'll be able to offer something to the undecided, unsavvy & those still wondering whether Blu-ray is the way to go!!!!

rbinck 03-19-2009 04:38 PM

Re: "STREAMING VIDEO"
 
There are many forms of streaming video, but I'm guessing you are referring to internet based streaming. The issue with the internet streams is a matter of throughput. Most ISPs will not deliver enough data for HD video streaming unless it is highly compressed and perhaps frame rate limited.

U-verse and FiOS are forms of video streaming where they deliver fairly high bit rates to the house. U-verse currently is at 25.8 mpbs and I'm sure FiOS is similar or more. Basically that breaks down to a total of 4 video streams with two of which can be HD streams. The HD streams are in the range of 8-9 mbps each.

Now compare that with DSL/T1 speeds of 1.5 mpbs, you can see the problem with internet based video stream delivery.

Within my house I do video streaming from a central server over my network basically from one computer to another. There are also LAN based media players like the Popcorn Hour and Sage TV that will also stream HD video from a network server or connected computer. Another alternative is the WD TV HD media player that streams HD video from a connected USB hard drive or memory stick. While not LAN based it does provide an easy method of supplying HD video to a HDTV that is not connected to a computer.

I'm not sure I touched on exactly what you were considering, but it is a start.

Bob Walters 03-20-2009 04:04 AM

Re: "STREAMING VIDEO"
 
rbinck.
In your opinion, can FOIS & AT&T give us what Blu-Ray does WITHOUT another "box"??????

rbinck 03-20-2009 02:04 PM

Re: "STREAMING VIDEO"
 
No, not in my opinion. Blu-ray can deliver up to 30 mbps and that is far in excess of what OTA at 19 mbps or any satellite or cable system can currently provide. Will the picture be much worse? Maybe not all that worse.

I use a HTPC with a Blu-ray drive to play into another HTPC via the Hauppague 1212 PVR box to copy Blu-ray discs to my video file server. It records HD via component video and I have it set for 9mbps bitrate. It is hard to see much difference in the recording from the original on my HDTV. Now if I had a 120" projector screen, maybe I would see a difference.

wes 03-20-2009 09:13 PM

Re: "STREAMING VIDEO"
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by rbinck (Post 20106)
No, not in my opinion. Blu-ray can deliver up to 30 mbps and that is far in excess of what OTA at 19 mbps or any satellite or cable system can currently provide. Will the picture be much worse? Maybe not all that worse.

I use a HTPC with a Blu-ray drive to play into another HTPC via the Hauppague 1212 PVR box to copy Blu-ray discs to my video file server. It records HD via component video and I have it set for 9mbps bitrate. It is hard to see much difference in the recording from the original on my HDTV. Now if I had a 120" projector screen, maybe I would see a difference.

I have a 128" 2:35 Screen and I can see a difference :) Good quality Blu Ray rules

rbinck 03-21-2009 06:52 AM

Re: "STREAMING VIDEO"
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by wes (Post 20110)
I have a 128" 2:35 Screen and I can see a difference :) Good quality Blu Ray rules

What difference are you talking about? I was talking about the difference between a source and a recording using the Hauppague PVR device. Do you have a Hauppague PVR?


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