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Now that HD rentals are out, Is the bandwidth closer to 3 mbps or 5 mbps, to motivate those who are gauging how much money to give to an ISP for this service. If much higher than 3 mbps, there won't be much instant gratification to be had amongst most DSL users.
Regarding AppleTV content resolution, at Macworld the Apple emps demoed the three resolutions for widescreen at 1280x720p, the current iTunes standard 640x360, and the new resolution for SD rentals -- 720x480 anamorphic, just like DVD, but transcoded to H.264. See the AppleTV specs for the mention of official acceptance of 720x480 anamorphic. 480 vertical lines for SD makes a big difference for the common cinematic 2.35:1 aspect ratio, which presumably were/are shipped...
Yup, and this corporate AT&T/iPhone deal is already happening at a 10,000+ emp company, per:http://www1.investorvillage.com/smbd...sg&mid=3834688
There's resonance power coupling in existing products like the Sonicare toothbrush. For computers, it's been extended byhttp://www.ecoupled.com/ to Herman Miller office furniture:http://www.asteriskvoipnews.com/wire...s_charger.html It's not hard to imagine iPods coupling to other Apple equipment wirelessly for both power and data, though this seems like overkill.
Now that Apple is going with Sun's ZFS, isn't the RAID controller (but not the array itself) a bit old-fashioned?
Unless he reinvests dividends --likely not, as his share count hasn't changed since the Pixar / Disney conversion. If Apple were to declare a 1% dividend, 'sjobs@apple.com' would only make $9.2M extra per year -- perhaps this is how Apple will invisibly increase executive pay.
Technicality -- some patents (e.g. this one) are good for 17 years from the issue date:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Term_of..._United_States This would bring it out to 2008. However, the concept of "laches" enters the fray if there is no attempt to enforce a patent for six years.
Gaffe: The "iTunes" video rental store would do widescreen material at 3 mbps (or better) if it were 852x480 extended definition, or 5 mbps at 960x540, matching the AppleTV encoder rates. Either way, vanilla DSL subscriptions at 1.5 mbps would be stretched thin for rentals, an immediate gratification business except for Netflix customers.
Apple doesn't have to pick 720p/1080i/1080p to claim better than DVD quality. It's curious that they are already bending the definition of HD by hosting (852x480p) video in their QuickTime "HD Gallery". Also, 960x540 can be used, in correspondence with the Image Constraint Token (ICT) rules -- see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image_Constraint_Token Conveniently, this is the max for 30fps material using the AppleTV encoder settings, as well as that transcoded...
> If Apple can get video quality up and handle bandwidth issues [....] Problem is, Apple doesn't do "bandwidth", only the DSL/cable ISP does. So, at existing state-of-the-art 640x480 H.264 this is 1.6 Mbps or so, with "widescreen" being a pitiful 640x360 vs. 720x480 anamorphic for DVD quality. If Apple goes to "near HD", this would be 1280x720 at 24 fps or 960x540 at 30 fps, which takes 3-5 Mbps using H.264. Instant gratification of movie rentals, but over...
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