Massive hype is surrounding Sony for winning the so-called hi-def DVD format war. The movie studios and distributors sided with Sony Blu-Ray, and rival Toshiba announced immediately it would stop producing its HD DVD players. While standardization will be welcomed by the movie industry to help inject some life into a stagnant market for movie DVD’s, this advancement is much ado about little.
This was especially clear as I sat in my living room last night and viewed a few streamed episodes of Lost in hi-def, directly from the ABC Web site, followed by “10,” streamed directly from Netflix. I suspect that PC manufacturers will begin to bundle PC-to-television video output capability as readily as they bundle WiFi and operating systems. That will enable streamed and downloaded content to serve as a truly viable — and better — alternative to yet another media-playback device clogging our homes. On that note, I’d also like to get rid of my cable-television provider. Why can’t I everything just be streamed or downloaded, when and where I want it?