I went to a Real Networks presentation today at the W Hotel in Seattle.
Rob Glaser was supposed to come and give a keynote address.
Instead he was there on video.
It was kind of like this, except Glaser didn't smile at awkward times.
It was pretty cool. They passed around a phone that was playing some very high-res video. It was interesting in that the video was postage-stamp sized, like in the old days, except it looked good! The reasons for that, I believe, are:
- In the old days, it was 8-bit video on your PC, but the cell phone was 16-bit "Hi-Color".
- In the old days, it was a jerky 5-7 frames per second, but the cell phone was 30 fps.
- In the old days, the pixels on your monitor were bigger, but the cell phone had really densely packed, beautifully tight pixels.
The DRM solution I'm working on uses Windows Media, because, well, it's free for use on the Windows platform. Free is a good price.