(Tech, No Babel Note: I got a call from MatrixStream and the resolution is 1080p, not 1080i, twice as good. Sorry guys.)

I just got a press release that MatrixStream is about to release a 1080p (that’s hi-def) H.264 (Apple’s hi-def codec) set-top box that will enable hi-def video content to be delivered to your HD-tv via a box that hooks into your local network and eventually your broadband internet connection.

So what does this mean to you? Well for starters, you can get cheaply produced HD content via the internet for much less than if it came via a cable network. Who knows, maybe I’ll finally release a video version of the show?

Next, let’s say you have a satellite venue between two campuses at your church, no problem getting the video from one place to another provided there’s enough delay to recompress via H.264 and transfer it via the internet. This might just be a real boon for my church as we’re starting our first video venue on Easter and will likely have an off-site venue in the next year or two. This will (for us) replace the need for a microwave transmitter and receiver as well as an engineer to run it all.

If this works as advertized, with a small equipment investment and a broadband connection, you’ll be able to get a feed in glorious hi-def from anywhere (with some possible delay), so national conferences can cheaply be displayed locally, for example.

I’m excited. Check-out their video at http://www2.matrixstream.com/presskit/hd_stb_demo.wmv.