A new draft standard for video has been agreed upon by delegates of the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) which will revolutionise video for the digital streaming age, since the new standard will halve the size of video files while maintaining the quality. The new standard was decided in order to make bandwidth and download requirements for digital video streaming more manageable.
The old standard for compressed high-definition video, H264, is technically called MPEG-4 Part 10. This will eventually be replaced by the new High Efficiency Video Coding H.265, otherwise known as MPEG-H Part 2.
Meeting organiser, Per Fröjdh, also a manager for visual technology at Ericsson Research says:
“There’s a lot of industry interest in this because it means you can halve the bit rate and still achieve the same visual quality, or double the number of television channels with the same bandwidth.”
The move is set to have an enormous impact on the industry as file sizes will be so much smaller. Video data downloads increase every day and are expected to reach up to 90% of total data usage by 2015. Mobile service providers are expected to take up the new format readily, while other services may follow a little more slowly.