Archive | March, 2007

BeyondTV RC 4.61 Has Unencrypted QAM Support

Posted on 26 March 2007 by

W00t! BeyondTV Release Candidate 4.61 has unencrypted QAM support and they could use your hand testing it.

That’s awesome! I’m totally getting an HDhomerun now.

For those that are saying “Unencrypted QAM, huh? What?!” You cable company often provides local HD channels that aren’t “scrambled” and a QAM enable ATSC/HDTV tuner can decode the digital signal and you can record/watch local HDTV channels.

This doesn’t help with pay HDTV channels like ESPN, HBOHD, HDNET, etc… you’d need a cablecard for that, but it’s still handy if you like HD content but are on a budget 🙂

The Great Apple Video Encoder Attack of 2007: H.264 Hardware Support

Posted on 13 March 2007 by

The always insightful Cringely speculates on Apple’s H.264 encoder/decoder plans

Now comes the rumor I have heard, that I believe to be a fact, that has simply yet to be confirmed. I have heard that Apple plans to add hardware video decoding to ALL of its new computers beginning fairly soon, certainly this year.

Why Apple would do this is fairly clear to me, but first let’s clarify what I mean by hardware video decoding, because it isn’t implicitly the MPEG-2 format used in present-day DVDs. I’m not saying Apple’s video-decoder chip won’t also decode MPEG-2 (it may or may not — I simply don’t know), but the chip’s primary codec is H.264, which is at the heart of both Apple’s QuickTime software and its iTunes video downloading service.