ABC’s HD streaming

These guys have bandwidth to burn… ABC has just made live (only 3 episodes so far) their new HD player. It is using the On2 Flash codec at 2mbps at the 1280×720/24p resolution and it doesn’t sweat on our Comcast connection. It looks fantastic and makes you feel that you already live in the future, but you will need a really fast machine to play it back properly. My PC, a 3 Ghz P4 HT, drops about 4-5 frames per second, so don’t even think about of using the HD version without at least a CoreDuo or above… Other than that, it looks great, it has more interesting content and better quality than Joost, too bad that it’s restricted to US IP addresses though.

720p over the net

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