Originally Posted by dutch pear
You keep saying that but i can't help but disagree?? What do you have to back this up?? What other video format is the standard for downloadable content??
Yes I know there is very little legal divx/xvid content, but that is exactly the same with mp3, and certainly was when the iPod was introduced. Also both codecs adhere to the MPEG4 standard. So I keep saying that divx/xvid is for downloadable video exactly what mp3 is for downloadable music.
Don't get me wrong, I am not arguing for piracy, but IT IS a major factor that people will want to use 'non-bought' video content with their apple tv. Right now, I'm convinced that over 90% of that content is in divx/xvid format, most commonly inside an AVI wrapper. When that content won't work with the apple tv it will have a BIG negative impact on sales.
Side note: for this exact reason most current DVD players also support divx/xvid!
If you re-read my post on this, you will see that I'm not talking about people who download from bit torrents, when I talk about Apple's customers for this. We've gone through this already.
MP3 is a format that is used by illegal downloaders, yes, but it is also used on almost every legal device as well, including all of Apple's. MP3 is a format that is used by hundreds of millions of people around the world for legal use.
Divx is also used for legal use. I won't deny that. But, it isn't nearly as prevelant around the world, or even here in the US as MP3.
No one using MS's services for video use Divx. No one using Apple's services for downloads uses it either.
None of Apple's devices natively support it, and I'm not even sure if it can be installed on an iPod at all.
No one buying DVD's use it either, nor Blu-Ray or HD-DVD.
Cable and satellite don't use it, nor does broadcast.
You see where I'm going?
The point I'm making is that there is very little legal content encoded in Divx. So, as I said before, those who have Divx files will have to re-encode them to work on the AppleTv. Will they want to go through all that trouble, and possibly lose more quality? I doubt if many will.
I'm just saying, from that, I don't see most Divx users caring about this product much, unless, somehow, the codec can be added however it would be needed to work. There isn't, at least right now, as far as we know at this early time, a way to do that.
So, we actually agree on that, and it is what I have been saying to you.