HEVC(H.265) + UHDTV(4K) – What Does It Mean for IPTV?

13 Aug

James McParlane's Blog

Here some updated notes from my research last year into HEVC & UHDTV. I’ve aimed this at a general audience.

HEVC – High Efficiency Video Coding

A new more efficient video compression format is coming that will eventually replace the current standard workhorse H.264/MPEG4-AVC used by online video services.

HEVC (H.265) has been in research and development since 2004 and claims[1,2] to compress 50% better than H.264-AVC.

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Looks like we potentially have a new law, ‘Compression improves to halve video file size every 10 years‘.

So with HEVC/H.265 current video formats could require half the bit-rate to stream or, to think of it another way, download at twice the speed.

UHDTV – Ultra High Definition Television

There is also a new digital video format and screen size on the horizon, UHDTV or ‘4K’.

‘4K’ is a confusing term because there are a lot of them, which is…

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