NVIDIA announced that all GeForce 6 and GeForce 7 GPUs will eventually (when drivers and software are available) support H.264 decode acceleration for all the way up to 1080p videos.
Looks like Nvidia planned for the future here moreso than ATI considering ATI just finally released a part and software able to accomplish this at the end of last year a couple weeks ago. I know most people don't even take advantage of this from either ATI or Nvidia anyways but some do plus it looks good on paper . It actually might become more popular later on. Nvidia users should be able to accomplish this on anything Nvidia in a laptop as well while ATI has nothing in the lappy area with support. Interesting tidbits this year. So how many here actually use it?
In order to take advantage of the H.264 decode acceleration you will need two things: 1) Compliant InterVideo WinDVD, CyberLink PowerDVD or Nero software, and 2) a NVIDIA driver enabling the support.
NVIDIA promised that both of these items would be available to end users in the next 2 - 3 months. While they are definitely lagging behind ATI in H.264 decode acceleration, at least NVIDIA has finally provided us with a working demo of the technology and they have also committed to us that it will work on all GeForce 6 and 7 GPUs (AGP and PCIe).