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ITU approves H.265 video codec

Real world use still some way off
Mon Jan 28 2013, 14:40
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THE INTERNATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS UNION (ITU) announced that it has completed first stage approval of the H.265 video codec standard.

The ITU's Study Group 16, which includes a number of commercial entities such as Broadcom, Ericsson and Qualcomm, has reached first stage agreement on the H.265 video codec standard. The group's work on H.265 will replace the H.264 standard, which is widely used to disseminate video content over the internet.

According to the ITU, H.265 will be twice as efficient in video compression, requiring half the bandwidth for the same quality as H.264 compressed video. The ITU said that the study group had agreed on profiles and claimed it is "future proofed to support the next decade of video".

Hamadoun Touré, secretary general of the ITU said, "ITU-T H.264 underpinned rapid progression and expansion of the video ecosystem, with many adopting it to replace their own proprietary compression codecs.

"The industry continues to look to ITU and its partners as the global benchmark for video compression, and I have no doubt that this new standard will be as effective as its predecessor in enabling the next wave of innovation in this fast paced industry."

While the ITU's Study Group 16 has agreed on profiles, it said work still needs to be done on extensions to H.265, including support for stereoscopic and 3D video encoding. Although the ITU might have decided on H.265, it is likely to take well over a year before media players incorporate support for the codec in either software or hardware. µ


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