Originally Posted by groschuni
One rampant rumor is that Apple will include hardware encoding and decoding for video codecs, including H.264, in all their hardware this year....
Hardware H.264 decoding is already available from both ATI and NVIDIA on most of their mid/high-end cards. Presumably Leopard will provide OS X drivers to utilize such decoding - I'd be really surprised if it doesn't.
Hardware encoding is something entirely different. My limited understanding is that a CPU is more efficient at encoding H.264, than a GPU (other than stuff like CABAC.)
So I wonder, if the rumor is true, what kind of chip would Apple use for the purpose. On the other hand, 1x encoding is not all that demanding, so for time-shifting purposes, you wouldn't need anything really powerful. But I am really doubtful, in view of the strict limitations apparently placed on Apple TV, that Apple would push time-shifting of Live TV.
I would expect the new Macs to have HDMI, though, just like I expect the new Apple monitors to have it, too.