Sometimes statistics can be a very hard thing to believe. In this case, the growth of the internet has provided some staggering numbers revolving around digital video. So far in the year 2012, Americans are on pace to watch more video streaming over the Internet than they will on DVD or Blu-ray combined, according to a very recent study by IHS. Consumers will pay to legally stream and digest over 3.4 billion online movies, 1 billion more than physical media for the year! That is about as shocking as Michael Jackson’s lifelong physical transformation.
It’s amazing to think how far the world has come since 1984, when the original digital video format (H.120) was developed and invented. Even though it only had a maximum resolution of 176 x 144 and a pithy 2 Mbit/s bitrate, this influential breakthrough set the stage for a future that is now the present in digital video. Because of innovations that began with the H.120 digital video format, we are now able to stream incredibly high quality videos and movies over the World Wide Web (in stunning high definition).
In celebration of the growth of online streaming video, check out this infographic by RealPlayer, helping you choose the Best Media Player for your PC, to get a overview of digital file formats. Enjoy, and be sure to leave your comments below!