A Couple of Plusses for Viewing Video

One of the most irritating things about video on the web is lag. Youtube has a plan to kill video latency by dynamically adjusting the quality level of the video according to your connection’s bandwidth, and also by transmitting control commands at the same time as the content you’re watching. It will be great not sit and watch the little pinwheel spin for a while every time you want to load up a short video. Don’t expect movie length vids to load instantly, however.

Speaking of video, Intel is reportedly working on a set top box that will stream a form of pay per view. Some claim it will crush cable TV’s ability to bundle and charge us for all those channels you never watch. A la carte video and movies may not be a pipe dream with the power of Intel moving things in that direction. Will they lure Apple TV into some kind of deal?

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