Looking Ahead—Migration and Adoption Issues

In this last chapter, we will touch upon a few issues that are equally interesting and important to consider in the overall picture of compression, migration, technology advances, and competition, to name a few.

Throughout this book, we have been analyzing the technical ins and outs of MPEG-4 and have also discussed some of the business aspects surrounding this international standard. Most of our information has been based on past and present facts, observations, and yes, opinions; however, the more difficult task is to discuss or illustrate what may possibly happen in the future. The problem is that none of us has a crystal ball or other magic to foretell what’s down the road. In technology, ...

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