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Amazon, Google, and More Working on Royalty-Free Codec

The Alliance for Open Media—including Amazon, Cisco, Google, Intel, Microsoft, Mozilla, and Netflix—hopes to deliver a video codec for internet delivery by late 2016 or early 2017; Cisco's Thor technology will be included
Online Video News, Posted 01 Sep 2015

Commentary: The Streaming Industry Gangs up on HEVC with the Alliance for Open Media

With Google, Amazon, Cisco, Microsoft, and others joining forces in the Alliance for Open Video to create a new royalty-free codec, an alternative to HEVC (and its controversial royalties) is on the way. Does this spell the beginning of the end for HEVC?
Featured Articles, Posted 01 Sep 2015

Cicso Plans an End Run Around Greedy Patent Pools With Thor

There are now two HEVC patent pools with a third one on the way. But with enough industry support Cisco could create a high-quality royalty-free alternative.
Featured Articles, Posted 18 Aug 2015

Vote Now in the 2015 Streaming Media Readers' Choice Awards

It's time to make your voice heard in our 9th annual Readers' Choice Awards, the only awards where the end users choose the winners
Featured Articles, Posted 15 Aug 2015

Boycott HEVC Advance! Say No to the Patent Pool's Unjust Terms

Columnist Dan Rayburn calls on the online video industry to band together and refuse HEVC Advance's unfair, unreasonable, and greedy charges.
Featured Articles, Posted 14 Aug 2015

JW Player 7 Released, With DASH Support and Speed Improvements

Rewritten from the ground up, the player is now smaller and faster loading, with one unified version for both HTML5 and Flash video playback.
Online Video News, Posted 13 Aug 2015

Cisco Debuts Thor, a Project to Create a Royalty-Free Video Codec

With HEVC licensing terms making it unsuitable for free software, Cisco sees the need for an advanced video codec unencumbered by fees.
Online Video News, Posted 12 Aug 2015

HEVC Advance Royalties: Onerous or Not?

A cost analysis reveals that while HEVC Advance's royalty structure makes HEVC a no-go for TVOD services like M-GO, an SVOD service like Netflix would achieve enough bandwidth savings to offset the royalty payment
Featured Articles, Posted 12 Aug 2015

The Great UHD Debate: 4K Battles HDR for the Future of TV

Does a higher resolution guarantee the best image quality, or does better contrast and brightness? And can today's limited bandwidth handle all that data?
Featured Articles, Posted 07 Aug 2015

JW Player Makes Pro Edition Free, Aims to Help Indie Creators

Direct email support had been a Pro feature, but that's now reserved for paying Premium members.
Online Video News, Posted 29 Jul 2015

An Unhappy Surprise: MPEG LA Is Forming a Patent Pool for DASH

Just when Media Source Extensions and Encrypted Media Extensions are making HTML5-based video playback a reality, DASH royalties threaten to derail it.
Online Video News, Posted 27 Jul 2015

HEVC Advance: What Do the Royalties Mean for Video Publishers?

While there have been some heated arguments against the royalties announced by the new patent group, the payments appear to be appropriate. We break it down with real-world numbers.
Featured Articles, Posted 27 Jul 2015

HEVC Advance Announces Royalty Rates, Wants 0.5% of Gross Revenue

Licensing costs for Netflix and Facebook would total over $100 million per year, and terms are retroactive. Group calls terms "fair and reasonable."
Featured Articles, Posted 22 Jul 2015

A Streaming Snapshot: Articles Show Video Industry in Transition

HTML5 and MPEG-DASH are enjoying the spotlight, but Flash may never go away. This month's Streaming Media magazine shows the state of the industry.
Featured Articles, Posted 21 Jul 2015

HTML5 Comes of Age: It's Finally Time to Tell Flash Good-bye

Media source extensions, encrypted media extensions, and DASH offer new possibilities for player-based DRM and increase HTML5's appeal to video publishers.
Featured Articles, Posted 17 Jul 2015

HEVC Advance Patent Pool Creates Confusion, Lacks Transparency

Details are sparse about HEVC Advance. The industry knew a second HEVC pool might form, but why do patent holders have a problem with MPEG LA?
Featured Articles, Posted 16 Jul 2015

Is Flash Undead? What Will it Take to Finally Kill the Beast?

Everybody's using HTML5 and MPEG-DASH these days, right? Not so fast. Reports of Flash's death have been greatly exaggerated.
Featured Articles, Posted 15 Jul 2015

Hulu's Move to DASH

The OTT service's Baptiste Coudurier talks about the hard work—and black magic—behind the smooth migration to MPEG-DASH, which now accounts for 75% of its traffic
Featured Articles, Posted 08 Jul 2015

HEVC Advance Misses First Milestone

The second HEVC patent pool promised to announce licensing terms and royalty rates last month, but its press conference was cancelled at the last minute, and no information has been made available.
Featured Articles, Posted 06 Jul 2015

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