MovieBeam is the technology that I
want to love so bad, but they make it so hard. We already knew some of its shortcomings
, but now we learn
another one. The MovieBeam distribution network runs over the analog PBS channels, which we all know will turn off in 3
years. MovieBeam says they will have a peripheral tuner, but no word on the cost. It seems a bit short-sighted to
not use the DTV spectrum for this new service; one engineer said they were 5 years too late. It seems the the Microsoft
Windows Media 9 CODEC compresses the movies enough that throughput is not a problem.
It only takes 8 hours to transmit a 5GB HD movie and they only send one or two a week.
like I'm not the only one not impressed. Josh Bernoff, principal analyst with Forrester Research said he
didn't think it has much potential as a stand-alone product. There is hope, as an Intel spokesman says
they are working aggressively to develop a Viiv-based product. Lets
hope it comes out before it is too late. Personally I wouldn't be surprised if the rumored Apple Media Center has