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The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) announced its approval of the H.265 video format standard on Friday. The new codec may bring 4K video to broadband and also limit bandwidth usage for HD streaming, offering both higher resolution video and lower data use.

As already announced by the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) in August of last year, H.265 video is designed to divide bandwidth usage in half New MPEG Standard Format Will Halve Video File Sizes And Maintain Quality [Updates] New MPEG Standard Format Will Halve Video File Sizes And Maintain Quality [Updates] 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... Read More . The new format is also expected to allow for true HD streaming in places with low connectivity, mobile phones, and tablets. In areas with sufficient broadband, 4K could also be made available to consumers at a rate of 20-30Mbps.

The new codec is a successor to H.264, a common format used for most videos released and streamed online. H.265 is also known as High Efficiency Video Coding (HVEC).

H.265 was created as a collaboration between the ITU Video Coding Experts Group (VCEG) and MPEG. No information has been released regarding the new video format’s date of availability to consumers.

What are your thoughts concerning the new H.265 format? Do you think it will affect your media-viewing habits? For those of you who have a mobile data cap, will you consider changing your plan?

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Source: ITU via Techcrunch

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  1. Mayiladan
    February 23, 2016 at 12:09 am

    what would be the FOSS version of H265 ?

  2. QcCity
    December 22, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Vizio 4K TVs use only H.265 codec for 2160p viewing and as of today there almost no 2160p that you can download in this codec.

  3. likefunbuntot
    April 2, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    So I've actually messed with the h.265 encoder in Handbrake's nightly builds. If you feed it quality source, like a Blu-ray disc, and a relatively generous helping bits per second (say, 4000) at otherwise default encoder settings, what you get is a file that's about 20% smaller that takes about 33% longer to encode compared to the h.264 container I'd normally use and with no subjective improvement in quality.

    It's more useful and powerful at low bit rates (under 1000kbps), where there's a visible subjective improvement in quality compared to 1000kbps h.264. It's pretty sweet to get a 40 minute, 150MB 720p video that looks essentially identical to what I could've seen on cable TV.

    Right now, I wouldn't get too excited about it. Hopefully, it will get better with optimization and will represent a clear step forward, but right now it almost seems like the range of applications is fairly narrow.

  4. Benjamin Tiessen
    February 1, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Of course the corporate loot-whores are going to patent it and not make it publicly available ironically defeating the purpose and original intentions of the internet.
    If its not going to be free, i think the entire internet should fight against standardizing it.

  5. Abdul Kareem
    January 30, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Any timeline given regarding general availability to developers and public? This is definitely the next big thing in online video.

    • likefunbuntot
      April 2, 2015 at 6:39 pm

      You can get it right now in Handbrake's nightly builds for Linux or OSX. IIRC it's not packaged with Windows or Windows is missing libraries to make it work.

  6. Mike Case
    January 29, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    This could be excellent!

  7. Ramesh Krishna
    January 29, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Awesome to format for faster internet speed

  8. Anonymous
    January 29, 2013 at 2:33 am

    I wonder how much it will impact my pocketbook?

    January 28, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    i think on a HD monitor viewing 4k content will not be a much difference ...

  10. holycow
    January 28, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    heck, even if i get the same hi def 1080p quality that im getting now with h264, but in a much smaller size ill be happy. some 1080p movies can get to be over 4 gigs... cut that in half or more and keep the quality and ill buy one.

  11. Anonymous
    January 28, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Any program that utilize this format already?

    • Joshua Lockhart
      January 29, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      Nothing I've seen.

  12. Joe Ketterling
    January 28, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    I think it has to happen sooner than later. Especially if we want 4k on the web. I do wonder what the rates are going to be, that's a lot of data to move.

    • Joshua Lockhart
      January 29, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      For 4K, it would actually be about what we have now. For high definition, it would be about half. Compression is fun.

  13. Ashraf Mohamed
    January 28, 2013 at 11:57 am

    High deviation video

  14. Sam Baruah
    January 28, 2013 at 11:45 am

    I think this is a very interesting development. Specially in the developing countries where we are trying to use video content for skill development it will be a boon. We will be able to deliver high quality video content even into small towns where bandwidth is an issue.

    • Joshua Lockhart
      January 29, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      I like your thinking, Sam.

  15. Aais Plex
    January 28, 2013 at 11:38 am

    how about it's hardware requirements?

    • Joshua Lockhart
      January 29, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      I doubt it would be any different than what you have, now. Of course, there will have to be software updates.

  16. Alba Spam
    January 28, 2013 at 4:44 am

    Very cool.

  17. Breno Buckup Suleiman
    January 28, 2013 at 2:08 am

    maybe it's to match the new 4K pattern

  18. Carlos Ramirez
    January 28, 2013 at 1:51 am

    This can be very interesting

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