[mythtv-users] Beginner - Practical HDTV and Comcast Questions

Brian Wood beww at beww.org
Mon Jan 8 23:37:39 UTC 2007

On Jan 8, 2007, at 4:12 PM, Brian Wood wrote:

> On Jan 8, 2007, at 3:59 PM, Jerry Rubinow wrote:
> Essentially correct but perhaps not for long. Have a look at:
> http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,128433/article.html
> This would appear to be a "consumer" device (albeit an expensive  
> one) that is capable of encoding 1080i to an MPEG-2 stream.

Thinking about this further:

This is a CamCorder. After you subtract the cost of the optics, the 3- 
chip imaging block, the hard drive, the battery and the profit margin  
it means there is a 1080i encoder in there that's probably  
wholesaling for $200 or less.

Eventually that chip or chipset will find its way into other products.

I'd guess it means you will be able to buy a component-input 1080i  
encoder, probably on a PCI-Express card, for $400 or less.

Let's just hope it gets to market before some idiot makes it honor  
some sort of broadcast flag :-)
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