Speaking in this morning's keynote at the Intel Developer Forum, Intel CEO Paul Otellini said that the inevitable next step for YouTube will be to distribute content in high definition.
Otellini explained the need for faster processing. A YouTube stream would have occupied the majority of a PC's CPU time 5-10 years ago, he said. Today, it is a very small amount, allowing us to do many other things simultaneously.
He said that this year would see the true mainstreaming of HD, with the first sub-$1000 HD camcorders.
"We're going to see HD content on YouTube in the future," Paul told assembled hacks.
This will surely be news to the chaps there, who are having a hard time paying for bandwidth in sub-SD, let alone HD. Maybe in a few years eh, guys? Or maybe Intel is offering to pay for the bandwidth?