I must say that I find it interesting that it is a local FOX station that will provide the HD content locally. The article also says that the broadcast will be available to FOX national. For some reason I doubt FOX national will broadcast in HD but at least we can get their "Super Duper Really High Resolution that doesn't amount to crap compared to HD Widescreen"
Although I'm happy to see any advance in HDTV in Hawaii, I have to be skeptical about this press release. First, the only content they're talking about are basically webcams at some hotels. The Turtle Bay resort, on the north shore of Oahu, is not a hotbed of activity and about the only interesting things about Outrigger Hotel's sites may be the performers at their beachside Duke's Bar (Jimmy Buffet did an impromptu solo concert recently). Finally, only the ABC affiliate here offers HDTV, so I'm not sure what FOX locally is going to do with the HD signal.
While I will admit the content described here is questionable, the interesting thing is the technology behind what they are doing. The Corona project, that Microsoft is working on as their next step in Windows Media, is supposed to provide 1080p HDTV video and 6 channel audio at half the file size of a current MPEG-2 DVD. Imagine the number of HDef channels Dish or DirectTV could fit on a transponder using this technology.
You can find information on Corona at Microsoft's website
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