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Serious Doubts Over UK Xbox HD Instant-on Streaming

NowGamer: But Microsoft, while being keen to promote its upcoming service as a potentially superior and more user-friendly alternative to Blu-ray, has been surprisingly sketchy about the broadband speeds required to use the service at its optimum.

Indeed, flying full in the face of this promise, according to London daily newspaper Metro, Sky's TV service will not be able to provide any form of HD streaming content "because broadband speeds in Britain are simply not good enough".

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Mc Fadge2949d ago

http://www.iis.net/media/ experiencesmoothstreaming1080p

From what I've seen, it works pretty well. Ofcourse, this is on my 19" monitor, not my 42" screen, so we don't know for sure. The linked player also has a slider which allows you to "cap" yourself so you don't go over any bandwidth limits.

Cueil2949d ago

works great on my 32 inch CRT... I can't wait till the technology reaches Netflix

TotalPS3Fanboy2949d ago

Even then, the 1080P quality will be no where near BluRay quality.

PLAYINB3YOND2949d ago

Why do Microsoft keep trying to pretend Blu-ray isn't the better option, I know they supported HD DVD and it failed but can't they take it on the chin and just accept Blu-Ray as the defacto standard, they're acting like stroppy children determined to drive their way of thinking into everyone. Streaming of full 1080p will not be possible for everyone in the UK for the next few years at least, and even now full 1080p can only be accessed by the few who have constant internet speeds. I love my Xbox but them pretending they're not gunna have to at some point switch to blu-ray is silly.

Hoolock2949d ago

I have only 4Mb connection in the UK and can get instant 1080p after 10-15 seconds of the lower quality buffer time. The quality doesn't beat blu-ray but no one ever expected it to. the ability to get such high quality straight away over the net is actually unbelievable. Real video and audiophiles will stick to blu-ray but i can guarantee for a large proportion blu-ray Vs the compressed HD instant stream doesn't matter. Its strong point is convenience and really high quality rolled into one and I cant think of another VOD that matches this quality.

beardpapa2949d ago

"I have only 4Mb connection in the UK and can get instant 1080p after 10-15 seconds of the lower quality buffer time. "

by what you're saying, then technically it's not "instant"

Hoolock2949d ago

The video is instant the HD quality arrives 15 seconds later during the copyright screen, but really kinda splitting hairs here. I doubt you could go buy a blu-ray and get it back home in 15 seconds to play it. Actually for that matter i believe you could get your disc from the shelf and place it in the tray in that time.

darthv722949d ago (Edited 2949d ago )

both bluray and the streaming service from MS are using similar codecs. Blu uses VC-1 which is a MS codec and is better than h.264 and MPEG2. Streaming uses silverlight which uses the same (or really really close to)VC-1/WMV9 codecs as bluray.

The only real drawback to the streaming option is lack of uncompressed audio. Visually, both should look the same seeing as they are based off the same core codec. Audio is where blu takes the crown but it is obvious it would. No need to compress the audio on a physical disc. Although the sliverlight uses WMA10 which can pretty much equal multichannel 5.1 sound. Still a nice audio format if you dont have 7.1 system.

Does anybody remember the first days of divx? It was amazing what the compression of that format could achieve when compared to mpeg2. The streaming service is capable of nearly 90%+ the video quality but only 80% quality of the audio. That is a real good achievement.

http://www.microsoft.com/be...

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1233602949d ago (Edited 2949d ago )

it will work on virgin 10mb, 20mb and above lesser 1.5 mb to 2.5 mb subscribers will experience the new black disc technology known as i can,t see sh"t.there right the broadband speeds needed for 1080p are limited to a few with virgin been the main one.problem is these cost in excess of 35 pounds per month hence why only less than 5% of consumers have that type of speeds available.

The real killer2949d ago (Edited 2949d ago )

"it will work on virgin 10mb, 20mb and above lesser 1.5 mb to 2.5 mb subscribers will experience the new black disc technology known as i can,t see sh"t.there right the broadband speeds needed for 1080p are limited to a few with virgin been the main one.problem is these cost in excess of 35 pounds per month hence why only less than 5% of consumers have that type of speeds available"

1 single Blu-ray disc speed is 36 megabits and diallayer reads 72 megabits.
You need really 100 Megabits network to get REAL FULL HD quality.

It's way to early for real streamen FULL HD 1080p experience

monfa2949d ago

Couldn't care less about the speed , we have DL caps here.

n4gn4gn4gn4g2949d ago

In almost every country except the US DL caps and per GB DL costs will prevent streaming HD from becoming anything but a niche product.

In Canada you have Bell and Rogers duopoly and they have ZERO incentive to loosen up price or caps on internet since the are the dominant cable/satelitte providers too.

Government should either break up the concentration or allow full on external competition in the internet space.

Roper3162949d ago

That's no biggie because according to Aaron Asshat Greenburg most 360 users use their 360's on SDTV's so it really doesn't matter if it streams in HD or not.

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