iPad 3G Users Reporting Downscaled Videos; Some Video Streaming iPad Apps Blocked Over 3G

News | Monday April 26 2010 12:30 AM | Comments (0) Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

As early testers have noted, iPad's native Youtube app downscales both the standard and HD version of videos to low resolution while rendering over the 3G network. This is also the case with other apps like Netflix where videos are downsampled to pretty low resolutions.
however notes that iTunes video previews continue to be rendered at high resolution.
In what may come as further disappointment to users, iLounge also notes that some third-party
does not render videos over AT&T 3G network. Users trying to access the app via the cellular network are shown a notification pop-up that reads:
“Please connect to a Wi-Fi network to use this application. Cellular networks are not supported at this time.”
editor Dan Frommer, the non-rendering of ABC videos over 3G could be due to content licensing issues and may not have anything to do with the technological aspects. Frommer tweets:
“ABC is wifi only on purpose. I believe rights play a role. (they're different on wifi vs 3G) sounds dumb but true…ABC told me “the decision was based on a variety of business and technical considerations.” but no details”
It is not clear whether the issue of resolution downscaling rests with Apple or AT&T at the moment. While Apple is yet to issue a statement in this regard, AT&T is however learnt to have distanced itself away from the issue. In response to an enquiry, an AT&T spokesperson said:
“That’s something you need to ask Apple .”
is primarily a media consumption device and we wonder if the present issue could potentially hinder the sale of new iPad 3G units. What do you think? Have you got your new iPad 3G? Let us know your first hand experience in the comments below.

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