Can you believe it? In 2012, Americans are on track to watch more video streaming over the Internet than they will on DVD or Blu-ray combined, according to a new study by IHS
. Consumers will pay to legally stream over 3.4 billion movies online, 1 billion more than physical media this year!
It's amazing to think how far we've come since 1984, when the very first digital video format (H.120) was developed. Even though it just had a max resolution of 176 x 144 and a pithy 2 Mbit/s bitrate, this breakthrough set the stage for digital video. Because of innovations that started with the H.120 digital video format, we are now able to stream very high quality videos and movies over the World Wide Web (in high definition).
In celebration of the growth of online streaming video, we put together a history/overview of digital file formats. Enjoy, and be sure to leave your comments below!
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