The pipes that form the backbone of the information superhighway are about to get a bit less empty. After a lively forum post on Vimeo about 1080p support, Vimeo has decided that they will begin accepting and hosting 1080p video. What's that mean for you?
Nothing. That would have been a short post no?
OK, seriously it means that online streaming video quality will now match that of the best that TV can handle. It means that your internet videos can now look the best they can (and you can count the hairs on my chin). Will they? Well that's hard to say. You'll need some seriously stable and big bandwidth to get them without constant lag and buffering. It also could be that while the video is in 1080p the quality still isn't as good as television due to the encoding and compression used to make those videos stream-able.
Of course that's a lot of bandwidth for Vimeo as well so they're going to charge you extra. You'll have to be a Plus member for $60/year or $10/month. You'll also still need a monitor that's capable of full HD or a 1080p capable HDTV (and a big bandwidth pipe).
Now YouTube already rolled out their 1080p service but the two platforms sort of cater to different groups of people. With these two going down Route 1080p it's only a matter of time before everyone starts jumping in their suped up hot rod video sharing platforms and starts doing the same.
That reminds me, I need to go get a faster Internet connection (and an HDTV for that matter).