Ultimate AV: Hot Streaming HDTV

I personally think that MPEG-4 compression would be better suited for streaming of HDTV but the possibility that we might soon have the capability to stream HDTV via DSL is astonishing.

Ultimate AV: Hot Streaming HDTV: “This week, the broadband bottleneck opened quite a bit wider. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has ratified a new high-speed standard called VDSL2 (Very-high-bit-rate Digital Subscriber Line 2), which is said to reach speeds of up to 100Mbps both downstream and upstream. Amazingly, VDSL2 is intended to operate on standard copper telephone cable using existing equipment.”

Link: UltimateAV

My new (cheap) HD frontend for MythTV

I’ve just purchased the IO-Data AvelLink Player. It’s a High-Definition Network Media player which also plays DVD’s (standard DVD’s as well as any other media file including MPEG4-HD files!). It has a D4 digital output (which is a standard in Japan) and comes with a D4 to Component dongle. All for just $249.00. I haven’t received it yet, but when I do, I’ll do a write-up on it. I touched on it before in this entry. The thing that really put it over the edge for me is that they released a Linux version of their AvelLink Server.

The Broadcast Flag, She Is Dead : Gizmodo

Maybe it shouldn’t but it kinda surprises me how quickly this saga seems to be coming to resolution, but the broadcast flag appears to be dead for good. And we have a republican from Texas to thank?

A new Congressional Research Service report raises concerns that the broadcast flag’s technological limitations could hinder activities normally deemed “fair use”” under copyright law. For instance, students might not be able to email themselves copies of projects incorporating digital video content because no secure system exists for email transmission. ““The goal of the flag was not to impede a consumer’’s ability to copy or use content lawfully in the home, nor was the policy intended to ‘‘foreclose use of the Internet to send digital broadcast content where it can be adequately protected from indiscriminate redistribution,'”” the report said, quoting from the FCC order.

Link: Gizmodo