Saturday, June 2, 2007

This is a big deal

Apple exec details 160GB Apple TV, YouTube H.264 deal:
YouTube will soon be encoding videos in the H.264 streaming-efficient compression format preferred by Apple TV, and that all new videos submitted to YouTube as of the mid-June launch of the AppleTV update will be playable by the device. From then until fall, YouTube will be encoding its entire back-catalog in H.264 format, adding videos in chunks until everything is accessible to Apple TV users.
Yep, this is bigger than the news that Apple TV gets YouTube videos, and is a real boost to H.264 in the mobile space (wait until the iPhone and the iPod get access too). Is there a bigger Flash video site than YouTube? Soon I might not care that I can't buy movies from iTunes in the UK.

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