HD video hits the Web

HD quality streaming video has arrived on the Web. Pajamas Media, a conservative news blog, has posted HD quality video interviews with three of the Republican candidates. The large screen format requires a minimum bandwidth of 1.5 megabits (the equivalent of a T1 connection), compared to the 200-300 kilobits that a YouTube video might try to use.

This is one more indication that video, and in particular, HD video, will continue to drive bandwidth demands, which has been growing consistently at a rate of 32% per year since 1993, when the Blacksburg Electronic Village offered the first residential Internet access. Is your community ready?

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