“Maybe you have wondered, as I have, why it takes a pretty robust notebook computer to play DVD videos, while Wal-Mart will sell you a perfectly capable progressive-scan DVD player from Philips for $38? In general, the dedicated DVD player is not only a lot cheaper, it works better, too, and the simple reason is because it decodes the DVD’s MPEG-2 video stream in hardware, rather than in software. They won’t run a spreadsheet, true, but DVD players are brilliant at doing what they are designed to do over and over again. And if the expedient here is a $7 MPEG-2 decoder chip, it’s a wonder why such chips didn’t appear long ago in PCs,” Robert X. Cringely writes for PBS.
Cringely writes, “Well they are about to, after a fashion.”
“Now comes the rumor I have heard, that I believe to be a fact, that has simply yet to be confirmed. I have heard that Apple plans to add hardware video decoding [H.264] to ALL of its new computers beginning fairly soon, certainly this year,” Cringely writes.
Much more in the full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Judge Bork” for the heads up.]