Digital Entertainment Ecosystem: Spring Update

April 15, 2007

The Xbox 360 Spring Update looks like it might include a few items that address the limitations I outlined in my Digital Entertainment Ecosystem: XBox 360 post. A subset of points that apply to my Digital Entertainment Ecosystem:

  • Added H.264 video support: Up to 10 Mbps peak, Baseline, Main, and High profiles with 2 channel AAC LC.
  • Added MPEG-4 Part 2 video support: Up to 5 Mbps peak, Simple Profile with 2 channel AAC LC.
  • Bookmarks are stored for each video that the user plays remembering the users last location in the file as well as the aspect ratio that the user choose for that file.
  • Windows Media protected content (WM-DRM) can now be streamed from the PC to the console. If the WM-DRM license is missing or corrupted then a specific error message is displayed to the user. Bookmarking is also stored for protected content.

The support of H.264 and MPEG-4 is huge and will reduce the need for Transcode 360 for me. Bookmarks are useful but I imagine they will not extend to audio podcasts the way iTunes/iPod bookmarks do.

The final point about WM-DRM doesn’t make alot of sense. The Xbox 360 does play WM-DRM audio from Windows Media Connect (plain Jane PC) it just will not stream Video, any kind of video, from Windows Media Connect (only Media Center PC).


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