Report looks at growth of HEVC-ready devices

October 3, 2013 - 11:38am
The rise of HEVC demands broadcast solutions capable of optimal decoding and delivery.

As the HEVC video compression standard becomes more commonplace, the number of broadcast system devices optimized for its use continues to increase, according to a recent report from Research and Markets. Sales of equipment capable of decoding HEVC, including set-top boxes, digital TV sets, streaming media players and infrastructure hardware, will continue to experience growth through 2016. The first version of the standard, the successor to H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, was debuted in January 2013. Rapid development of the standard has led to its adoption in many video broadcast systems.

HEVC provides immediate benefits for Internet video streaming through both wired and wireless networks. It helps broadcasters optimize their content for mobile device streaming and its bandwidth savings are double that of the H.264 standard. TVs and set-top boxes are likely to follow Internet video devices in the incorporation of HEVC decoding hardware. The rising number of mobile devices and PCs used for video streaming will continue to drive the spread of devices with capability to decode HEVC, the report found.

HEVC could provide huge cost savings to network operators, according to Beet.TV. One of the issues holding up widespread adoption of HEVC is that it represents a true end-to-end issue. Every piece of the supply chain must be updated for reliable HEVC decoding, video transport and playback.

"HEVC analysis is critical as developers look to take advantage of this bandwidth saving technology," said Jeff Briden, Sencore vice president of product management. "We are seeing tremendous demand for encoder and decoder development and evaluation, [and] the CMA allows for deeper inspection, frame-by-frame breakout, coding tree block structure, full header syntax, PTS/DTS timing and A/V sync analysis."

Sencore recently upgraded its Compressed Media Analyzer CMA 1820 to include HEVC analysis. The CMA 1820 is a versatile product that offers in-depth analysis of compressed video transport streams, including H.264, MPEG2 and VC-1 video, as well as AC-3, AAC, and MPEG audio. The asset can be used by system integrators and network operators to ensure compliance with standards, maintain optimal media interoperability and quickly troubleshoot and repair transmission problems.

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