HEVC patent? openess? (Video codec)

Bernhard Reiter reiter at fsfeurope.org
Mon Aug 20 07:47:21 UTC 2012

Am Sonntag, 19. August 2012 16:18:06 schrieb Florian Weimer:
> * Bernhard Reiter:
> > If the video codes of WebM: VP8 or libvpx is a real competitor to h264,
> > what could be the next version that can compete with the claimed higher
> > efficiency of HEVC?
> I guess the answer is to use a less efficient codec and throw
> bandwidth at the problem.  For free content, streaming in
> bandwidth-constrained environments is not as important as for
> proprietary content because you can download it over night and watch
> the copy.

It also means that we will run into a massive problem in a few years.
We see with VP8 adoption, that even if we have a codec that is technically on 
par, it is hard to gain enough critical mass to ensure people's freedom.
VP8 might just have been coming too late.

It is true, people caring a lot for freedom like you and me, we may just throw 
bandwidth on the problem, but if we do not reach the critical mass, we will 
still be in trouble. 

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