CHAPTER 11

Going Beyond the Desktop

Streaming media is primarily an application for the desktop or laptop computer. Most people at present access and view streams from these devices. But the technology isn’t limited to the desktop. Microsoft, among other companies, is moving streaming technology to other platforms, namely high-definition television (HDTV) and portable devices, such as cell phones. And the proliferation of these devices, as well as continued growth in desktop use, has made copyright protections ever more important. This chapter surveys some of the most important technological developments in these areas. You’ll learn about:

•    Advances in streaming high-definition video

•    The potential for streaming on portable devices ...

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