Tag Archives | High-Definition

…YouTube is moving to 1080p HD?

Recently YouTube announced that they would be supporting 1080p HD playback on all of their videos, and a music video that featured The Muppets singing Bohemian Rhapsody was one of the first to showcase this new ability:

While it’s exciting to see what a bunch of puppets look like in a higher quality high definition (YouTube has provided 720p HD for a while) it’s the implication of this announcement that really has me excited: streaming 1080p HD television.

Now I’m sure there are plenty of YouTubers out there who would like to think that this change was made for them, but it’s going to cost YouTube a fortune to stream all that extra data (even with the help of Google’s massive server farms) which means they’ll need to be monetizing their content more then ever before. And while Jonny’s birthday and Jane’s recital will surely look better to the grandparents in 1080p HD, it’s the TV networks and the movie studios that will be willing to shell out the big bucks to get their content in front of the millions of YouTube users. Thus, don’t be surprised to see YouTube make a big announcement in the near future of a premium subscription service that takes on the likes of Hulu and Netflix with streaming TV shows and movies in the highest of high definition. (There are already a few older and straight to DVD movies on YouTube, but 1080p should open the door to newer and better content.)

Heck, maybe we’ll even get lucky and Google will announce a 1080p compatible, YouTube enabled set-top box that brings all that new content right into your living room. (And to show Apple what their Apple TV should have been from the very beginning…)

…It’s Movie Monday: The Simpsons main title?

The Simpsons

After 20 seasons of living in the land of standard definition, The Simpsons made the move to HD last night, and in honor of that change, Fox debuted a new main title sequence, the first change to the intro credits since the show began.

It’s an extended cut, so it’ll probably get trimmed down for subsequent episodes, but there are plenty of hidden gems along the new path, and Simpsons fans will no doubt be digging through all of the references for the next few weeks trying to match them all to their original episode.


(And if you’d like to watch the full episode, just head on over to Fox’s Fox on Demand service.)

[Fox On Demand]

…It’s Movie Monday: Sebastian’s Voodoo?

Sebastian's Voodoo

Sebastian’s Voodoo is a film by Joaquin Baldwin of Pixel Nitrate about a voodoo doll that “must find the courage to save his friends from being pinned to death.”

It’s a fantastically animated short with a surprising amount of emotion, and has won countless awards, so it’s definitely worth enjoying for a few minutes:

(Be sure to visit Pixel Nitrate if you’d like to view or download the movie in a number of different formats, including 720p high definition.)

[Pixel Nitrate – Sebastian’s Voodoo]


…Google is going to the moon?

Google Lunar X PRIZE

If you can land a craft on the Moon, roam around for 500 meters, take pictures with your craft, and then send a “Mooncast” back to Earth, Google wants to give you $20 million.

    The Mooncast consists of digital data that must be collected and transmitted to the Earth composed of the following:
    • High resolution 360º panoramic photographs taken on the surface of the Moon;
    • Self portraits of the rover taken on the surface of the Moon;
    • Near-real time videos showing the craft’s journey along the lunar surface;
    • High Definition (HD) video;
    • Transmission of a cached set of data, loaded on the craft before launch (e.g. first email from the Moon).

The Google Lunar X PRIZE is designed to spur on imaginations and innovation, though I think it’s taking place partly because Google wants to add Street View images of the Moon to their Google Maps software. Plus, it’s going to make for some awesome YouTube videos!

[Google Lunar X PRIZE]