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#101 OFFLINE   LameLefty

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 08:57 AM

As an IT guy you must know that there are more wrappers around MPEG4 than there are web porn sites. If the content providers can't settle, there needs to be some sort of middle ground.

H.264 and AVC are popular right now but I've heard more than a few cries for one of the dozens of Quicktime formats and the legions of AVI bastardizations/renames (DivX).


A DRM-protected variant of H.264 is what Directv is already using for MPEG4 HD.

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 09:03 AM

A DRM-protected variant of H.264 is what Directv is already using for MPEG4 HD.

The key word being "variant". If DIRECTV were to lead a charge to have this "variant" adopted for universal use, it would answer the challenge of not needing an intermediate format.

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 09:48 AM

As an IT guy you must know that there are more wrappers around MPEG4 than there are web porn sites. If the content providers can't settle, there needs to be some sort of middle ground.


True but one base codec can play them all - you just have to decode the wrapper. Look at VLC - it plays most of the MPEG4 variants without issues. IIRC it's just a matter of decoding the headers.

#104 OFFLINE   taz291819

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 12:13 PM

IMO, the best wrapper out there is MKV. It's free, and can handle just about any combination of video/audio/subs.

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 04:27 PM

Probably a stupid question, but what is "SAC?"
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Posted 16 November 2009 - 07:12 PM

Probably a stupid question, but what is "SAC?"


Subscriber Acquisition Cost. It's the average ammount that it costs to sign up a new customer.

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 11:59 PM

Some light reading in advance of the Special Shareholder's Meeting on Thursday:

http://files.shareho...ent_-_Final.pdf

The part about the Greenlady stuff represents some staggering numbers.




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