DivX HD – a viable delivery medium?

I recently received an e-mail announcement regarding HDFest New York.

HDFEST’s New York City event will be taking place September 30th and October 1st at the Goldcrest Post Screening Room and will offer a historic first look into the incorporation of DivX HD technology in filmmaking and HD playback. HDFEST is considered the world’s only high-definition film festival and screens films created exclusively with HD technology and plays all festival content exclusively in High-Definition. The HDFEST 2005 World Tour will also be taking place this year in South Florida, Helsinki, Los Angeles, and London. Since 2000, HDFEST has been presenting High-Definition screenings, panels, seminars, and HD equipment demonstrations in cities around the world. The upcoming NYC festival will be a historic first as HDFEST will be using the cutting edge high-definition DivX HD format for screening of all festival content.

And DivX says of their technology:
The DivX HD format supports 720p at bitrates as low as 4Mbps, allowing DivX HD to deliver stunning quality video users have been requesting at one fifth the bitrate of broadcast HD.

Do you think that DivX is a player in the HD delivery space? Or is it just another passing proprietary technology?
As a side note, Microsoft has done basically the same thing with the WMV HD codec, but they arguably have a bigger footprint in the tech world. Still, I have only seen a few settops that support WMV HD.

[HDFest New York]
[What is DivX?]
[About DivX HD]
[DivX HD compatible players]


3 Responses to “DivX HD – a viable delivery medium?”  

  1. 1 smokeonit

    divx already has it’s place in the bittorrent world, and divxHD will make it possible to upload/download real HD resolution like it’s done now with the scaled down HD rips on most bittorrent trackers. a 45min show ripped from 1080i or 720p is 350MB, @ resolution of 630×350, and that stuff already looks great, imagine what divxHD will do for our sour eyes;-)

  2. 2 freshdv

    But since DivX is just an extended (read “proprietary”) implementation of MPEG-4, do you think that it will survive the like of H.264?

    Personally, I see that DivX has an clear advantage right now over other codecs, already with DVD players out there that decode DivX video. I own one, I bought it for $60 at Wal-Mart. When you can buy it at Wally-World, that’s an indication that it’s becoming a lot more popular. But a major problem is that there is not a large amount of LEGALLY obtainable DivX content on the market.
    And I’m not sure that DivX Networks has the savvy to quickly bring DivX and DivX HD content to market before the H.264/VC1 wave hits (which may be several years off).

    Does DivX have time? Or will they slowly go the way of the buffalo…

  3. 3 freshdv

    Here’s some timely and relevant news: The TViX mobile multimedia jukebox.