2 posts • joined Tuesday 21st August 2007 16:35 GMT
Eighty percent of home internet users in Korea are connected at 20 megabits per second (or better), which is sufficient bandwidth for hi-def video (1024 by 768 pixels per frame and 30 frames per second). Certainly, bandwidth almost as good as that will be delivered to the masses in South Africa and the US in the not-too-distant future. By comparison the 2x improvement in the compression rate of h.264, although worthwhile, is relatively unimportant.
Incidentally only thirty percent of Korean households are connected to the internet. The average monthly price in Korea about US$40, which of course is too expensive for an occasional user.
Bill Ray is being very silly when he says H.264 is or can be better by "an order of magnitude" in its compression rate vis-a-vis MPEG2. It's better by less than a factor of two. He's not being silly when he says that the execution time is so much slower that you need customized hardware acceleration for it.
Incidentally it seems to me that Adobe suffers from the same syndrome that has been afflicting Microsoft. Their improved products arrive very late and seriously buggy, and this is chronic. As everybody knows, a large number of programmers working on improvements to a large existing codebase have got low productivity. But did we know that it's this bad?