Sunday December 20, 2015

New Streaming Tech Deal Means Your 4K TV Isn’t A Dead Duck

The HEVC Advance group expected everyone to pay up for the H.265 codec (which 4K streaming is largely built on), but they have backed down on their pricing demands.

آ…sets that support 4K streaming have been equipped with HEVC H.265 decoders to handle the streams of Netflix, Amazon’s and others. So if those key video streaming platforms decided to switch their compression systems to a rival format like VP9 in response to the HEVC Advance demands, owners of the current crop of 4K TVs could well find themselves no longer able to play 4K streams from the world’s biggest streaming services. Not a pleasant thought given that these streaming services are still pretty much the only source of native 4K content right now.