Just like we said in our predictions for online video in 2008, sites are focusing on offering up HD video and overall better video quality. We just saw Youtube update thier video quality along with other video sharing sites like Vimeo.
Video-sharing and storage service Motionbox is now offering its users high-definition video functionality as well. Although interestingly enough, it will only be available to premium members. As a premium service for members, motionbox will allow users who pay the $30 annual subscription to upload and play high-definition videos. The company states that they will also deploy an upgrade to the quality for the sites free users to view upgraded SD videos.
Here are some details from the release:
"The HD player takes full advantage of Adobe Flash Player's capabilities and the exceptional H.264 video format. Major advances to Motionbox's server-based video rendering engine enable Web-based editing of full 1080p video, with AVCHD support coming soon."