MPEG LA to unveil HEVC licensing requirements

January 23, 2014 - 3:09pm
Terms were reached on a licensing standard for HEVC content.

MPEG LA recently announced that a coalition of video broadcast systems industry members reached an agreement on licensing terms for High Efficiency Video Coding. The video compression format, also known as H.265 and MPEG-H Part 2, is a compression standard intended to enhance video coding efficiency. The standard was first published in early 2013.

"As contemplated, the HEVC license will utilize a modern streamlined pool licensing approach with simple easy-to-understand terms making the technology readily accessible to the largest possible market in the shortest possible time," stated Larry Horn, president and chief executive officer of MPEG LA.

The proposed licensing terms have several benefits for content providers, according to Streaming Media contributor Jan Ozer. Content royalties that applied to H.265 video used for pay-per-view or subscription delivery will no longer apply. This may boost interest in HEVC-encoded video for on-demand streaming environments. However, the terms are still "a work in progress," as all patent holders must reach an accord on the terms in order to avoid a scenario in which HEVC users would have to enter in multiple licensing agreements with each content provider.

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