A New H.265 Patent Pool Is Causing Concerns

Written by Michael Larabel in Proprietary Software on 25 July 2015 at 09:00 AM EDT. 41 Comments
A new patent pool is forming that wants 0.5% of the gross revenue for H.265 videos from content owners and distributors.

This H.265 patent pool is expected to be backed by GE, Dolby, Philips, and other names. The group, HEVC Advance, is interested in 0.5% of gross revenue from content owners for each HEVC video type. Some details on this patent pool can be found via the Streaming Media Blog.

John Carmack, the id Software co-founder and now CTO at Oculus VR, has already expressed disappointment in this patent pool and has shuttered his efforts to encode their VR videos with H.265.

Well, at least this H.265/HEVC patent pool should be a boon for VP9 and hopefully Daala will be ready in short order.
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