So in order to get 5.1 you have to have to run analog out? Or does WMP9 support SPDIF out? (I dont use WMP so I havent bothered with 9)
|Originally posted by jamoka
"Bandwidth is highest prized asset in media, anything that squeezes more into it is GOLD"
Absolutely. Disc storage is a only small part of the equation, and becoming less important all the time. MPEG2 is a huge bottleneck. The sooner we get away from it, the better.
|Originally posted by hgodwin
Do you have any idea how long before hardware acceleration for WMV will becomes available
|Originally posted by amirm
OK, guys. I shouldn't say this but I will. The resolution will be >= 720p. Is this enough to have you wait for the final news :)?
|Originally posted by RDaneel
So let me get this straight: no discrete audio, unless you have something like a Revo hooked up to a 6 channel analog out into a pre/pro with 6 channel inputs, and the thing takes a 2.6ghz P4 to decode high bitrate WMV9 video? Holy Crap!
Even if I hook up my Revo to my receiver with 6 channel analog, I don't have a processor in the HTPC that can decode that thing! The only machine I will have with that chip won't have the Revo in it, so I think I am SOL. Oh well, dream deferred. Guess I will have to wait for HD-DVD or Blu Ray or something...
|OK, guys. I shouldn't say this but I will. The resolution will be >= 720p. Is this enough to have you wait for the final news|
|Originally posted by arungupta
So here is my prediction - Microsoft has found the key to the Media business vault.
Bandwidth is highest prized asset in media, anything that squeezes more into it is GOLD. Disk space and DVD space is secondary benefit.
As long as WMP9 holds a 2:1 compression advantage, they will have broadcasters attention. As soon as the decoding hardware for WMP9 becomes mainstream - watch of WMP9 showing in all kinds of broadcasts - Internet first, then Cable and Satellite, and finally maybe even OTA.
They are already trying to get it into movie theaters.
And they will try to become the content standard for DVD's before Blu-ray gets more than 1% market penetration.
I have no affinity to Microsoft - I am just watching this with fascination.