Tag Archives: H.264

Can Next-Generation Compression Save Streaming Video From Looming Data Caps?

The Alliance for Open Media formed in September, with heavyweights Amazon.com, Google, Intel, Microsoft, Mozilla Firefox, Cisco, and Netflix as founding members. The group’s plan is to create something like H.265, but without royalties or patent headaches. […] The idea of several tech titans joining forces to make a free compression scheme almost seems too Kumbaya to be true, but keep in mind the companies involved would all benefit even without royalties. For a firm like Microsoft or Google, which ferry heaps of data to and from the cloud, better compression would reap big savings. – Jared Newman, Fast Company

Google sued in Germany over video streaming patent

Google and YouTube have been sued in Germany for allegedly infringing on a video streaming patent owned by U.S. software company MAX SOUND HD AUDIO™. The case could lead to sales bans on several Google Android products. […] The suit also targets Google’s video service YouTube which uses H.264 and also VP8, a codec now owned by Google. Max Sound requested information about profits and damages for each video streamed to Germany in one of the formats, it said. […] Max Sound has also previously asserted the patent in Germany. It said that in September it was granted preliminary sales bans against two original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) by the Berlin Regional Court to stop the sale of certain Android devices in Germany at the IFA electronics fair in Berlin. The injunctions against Shenzhen KTC Technology and Pact Informatique, a French electronics company resulted in the seizure of all KTC and Pact smartphones and tablets at IFA in September, Max Sound said. – Loek Essers,PCWorld
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Firefox 33 arrives with OpenH264 support, sending video to Chromecast and Roku from Android

Mozilla today officially launched Firefox 33 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. Major additions include OpenH264 support as well as the ability to send video content from webpages to a second screen. […] The biggest addition for the desktop platforms is OpenH264 sandboxed support via Cisco Systems’s H.264 open source H.264 implementation. Thanks to the networking company, Firefox can now decode and encode the video compression format (for WebRTC, but not the video tag yet) without Mozilla having to pay MPEG LA license fees. – Emil Protalinski,VentureBeat
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Patent holders cut streaming fees for next-gen video tech

MPEG-LA, the company that sells a license to 57 HEVC-related patents on behalf of Apple, Samsung, Fujitsu and other 20 patent holders, said Monday it’ll charge 20 cents per product that can encode or decode video using HEVC. That’s the same price as for today’s prevailing standard, called H.264 or AVC, but this time around, MPEG LA isn’t charging for use of the technology when a video is streamed over the Internet or sold on a Blu-ray disc. […] That patent provision is one big reason Google has pushed its rival VP8, VP9, and soon, VP10 video codecs. The company wants to liberate video on the Internet. That’s why it’s notable HEVC doesn’t require any payments for streaming-video use: it partially neutralizes at least one VP9 advantage. Patent royalties aren’t just a financial problem. For open-source software like Mozilla’s Firefox browser, it’s not legally possible to include. Today Firefox downloads an H.264 codec supplied by Cisco, which pays royalties. It’s an awkward situation, and it doesn’t cover Firefox and HEVC — which is why Mozilla is working on its own royalty-free video codec called Daala, which it hopes will leapfrog both VP9 and HEVC. – Stephen Shankland,CNET
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TVersity Media Server gains new user interface, support for Chromecast and Roku

TVersity Media Server runs on Windows PCs and provides a UPNP/DLNA media server for accessing that computer’s media library from other devices, including web browser, mobile, PS3, Xbox 360 and — from version 3.0 — both Roku media players and Chromecast devices. Support for Roku comes from the built-in Roku Media Player app, and Pro users will be able to stream any format to their Roku devices via on-the-fly transcoding using H.264 and HLS streaming. – Nick Peers, BetaNews http://ift.tt/1zNyNlU