It’s Time For Some Awesome HDTV Video Podcasts

Apr 12th, 2007 | By | Category: Citizen Media, Digital Video Downloads, Internet TV, iPods & Portable Media Players, Podcasting Hardware, Video, Video Podcasts, Vlogs

Scoble voices a complaint that is becoming common among Apple TV owners:

I’ve been watching a TON of Internet videos with my son the past few days. I haven’t found one that really looks awesome yet that can compare with the Discovery Channel’s HD content, for instance.

Today I spent a few hours at Adobe seeing its CS3 Suite (ships on Monday). I wish I could push high resolution versions of the videos down, but I don’t have the machines, nor can I afford the bandwidth. Now some companies are offering the bandwidth for free, but that gets back to what Apple’s suggesting for Internet video producers: doing one format for iTunes that’ll play on both Apple TV as well as iTunes.

I don’t think that’s the best practice in the end. I think if we really want Apple TV customers to be happy we’ll offer them one feed for that (translation: something that’s 16:9 and has more resolution than 640xsomething) and another for iPods (cause they can’t deal with more than 640xsomething resolution).

One other thing? Most Internet video content just is really boring. Mine included. Gotta work on that too along with the resolution.

While Apple TV is a cool piece of gear, it also makes you view Internet video from a different perspective. You’re used to seeing DVD-quality video on HDTVs, and most video podcasts (and most Internet video) look awful on an HDTV. Apple TV leaves you wanting longer, better-quality high-definition widescreen video podcasts.

Traditional HDTV content is stuck in a quagmire of old technology and competing formats. It will be years before this is all worked out.

With video podcasts, though, the technology (if not necessarily the speed) is here for anyone to make HDTV and get it into people’s homes. Apple is going to be working hard to get good high-definition content onto Apple TV, and this offers a unique opportunity for video podcasters.

We, like Scoble and just about everybody else that’s purchased an Apple TV, are looking for great 720p video podcasts. If you’ve got one, let us know in the comments!

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