[mythtv-users] Apple TV hacked to use other codecs

Kevin Kuphal kuphal at dls.net
Sun Mar 25 14:36:06 UTC 2007

Craig Partin wrote:
>>> I thought H.264 was more cpu intensive to decode.  Would they have
>>> optimized GPU assist for this one codec?  It's supposed to do 720p out
>>> of the box
>> It does not really do 720p.  It only does 720p24 - fine for loading up
>> movies, but useless for watching HDTV.
> So is HDTV 720p60?  Is it really that big a jump from 720p24?  Does it
> seem odd to anyone else that they are pushing these things as an
> accessory to an HDTV but its really only powerful enough to do SD?
> And that they are going with H.264 which is very cpu intensive but
> gave this thing a low powered processor?  I don't get it.
With hardware accelerated H.264 playback, it makes perfect sense.  They 
don't need CPU to do it when it is all done in hardware.  This is just 
like my Athlon 1800 on Windows combined with Nvidia's PureVideo DVD 
software can do perfect HD playback but without it just falls on it's face.


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