UN group OKs new video format to save bandwidth

Jan 26, 2013

The U.N. telecommunications agency says its members have agreed upon a new compression format that could dramatically cut the amount of Internet bandwidth currently used by video files.

The says the format, or codec, known as H.265 would require just half the amount of data needed by its predecessor, H.264.

The Geneva-based agency says videos encoded using the H.264 format—which is favored by devices such as Apple's iPad—currently account for two-fifths of web traffic.

ITU said in a statement late Friday the new H.265 codec could pave the way for "the next wave of innovation," such as faster movie downloads and higher-quality video streaming.

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stndspec
not rated yet Jan 26, 2013
Yay progress.
alfie_null
not rated yet Jan 27, 2013
Patent encumbered, though.
ValeriaT
not rated yet Jan 27, 2013
I like that numbering. There is still apparently lotta place for gradual improvement.

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