The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has approved a new video format that helps global networks with low-bandwidth issues have access to high quality videos. The H.265 standard, informally known as High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), has been designed to provide high-quality streaming, even on low-bandwidth connections such as the ones we have in the Philippines.
It succeeds the H.264 codec, which has nearly become standardized on all major video publishers and accounts for over 80 percent of all web videos. The new standard, with its improved compression techniques is expected to deliver HD quality video with only half as much bits. Soon we could be seeing HD streaming not only on broadband connected devices but on smartphones and tablets. With the rise of 4K TVs, we could also be seeing 4K streaming in the near future. Though widespread adoption of the new codec probably won’t be available until it gets embedded into the hardware we use.
It may take awhile for H.265 to get a foothold in the video publishing community, it has a lot of potential to deliver high-quality video to those with low-bandwidth issues and lessen the load on current networks.