> To make matters worse, market leader Tvix is still introducing new streamers using the very old EM8620 chip. Why are these companys using such old and outdated technology?
I used to live in Korea, so I have some insight here.
Tvix is a Korean company, and the Tvix products have been designed primarily with the Korean market in mind. The older chip satisfies 99.99% of the downloads Korean people do.
HD material in Korea is primarily from the websites of Korean TV companies. It's a known format, not H264.
Hence, in it's own market, there's no H264 need. In fact if you search the net or torrent, I bet you wont find a single HD file encoded in H264 which started life in Korea.
That's why all HD format is ropey (ts files jumping every 10 minutes, etc). It's just not used in Korea.
Going forward, let's hope that Tvix get their designers to look outside of Korea and see there is a global demand for H264.