Originally Posted by marjen
At the moment comcast does not charge for overage in my state but have a feeling it is only a matter of time until they do. Once that happens it might be cheaper to go to cable again. Between the rising prices in streaming services and the data caps, the companies once again have found a way to make it difficult to save money...Surprised streaming services are already getting too close to cable.
Depending on how serious the OTT services are about competing with cable and remaining competitively viable, there is an easy next step the OTT services, like Vue and Sling and so on, can take as a counter-measure to burgeoning data download figures from folks switching from cable to TV to streaming.
Several years ago Mpeg-2 was the standard video codec. All HD broadcast channels adopted it, and it remains the broadcast standard today. To get broadcast quality video, Mpeg-2 needs to play back at a speed or bit rate of around 15 megs a second, assuming a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 and a frame rate somewhere around 30 per second (frame rates, generally, hover around 24 to 30 frames a second).
Then, several years, ago, a new video codec emerged called H.264. This latter codec has become the standard for Internet video, including the OTT's like Vue, etc. H.264 requires roughly half the playback speed of mpeg-2 to get comparable results: For example, Youtube recommends a playback speed of 8 megs a second for standard Full HD 1920 x 1080 video in H.264 (Vue uses 5 megs a second for its 1280 x 720 60 frames a second video).
However, more recently than that, yet a new codec has emerged. It is called, not surprisingly, H.265. And, wouldn't you know it, playback speeds for equivalent quality with that codec are once again about half what they were with the previous codec. If Vue and other OTT's were to adopt this codec, you'd see the pressure on data download figures reduce substantially and 1 terabyte caps would cease to be a problem.
If you'd like to see a demonstration, here you go.
First, here's the 264 1920 x 1080 original of a trailer for Supernatural posted on Youtube at
Next, here's a 264 version I just made with Handbrake of that trailer at the insanely slow speed of 1.1 megs a second: http://riggsiii.com/SuperNaturalTrailer264HB.mp4
Now here's the exact same trailer converted to 265 by Handbrake at precisely the same insanely slow speed of 1.1 megs a second: http://riggsiii.com/SuperNaturalTrailer265HB.m3u8
(that link should work if you have the VLC player and if your VLC player is assigned to .m3u8 links).
What do you think?