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Consumer Electronics Giants Endorse MPEG-5 Video Codec

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SHENZEN, China—Three of the world’s largest manufacturers of consumer electronics have officially approved a new video codec designed to deliver high resolution video, including 4K UHD, 8K, VR, AR and HDR content. The MPEG-5 EVC standard is a video coding standard for ISO/IEC Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG).

Huawei, Qualcomm and Samsung announced the approval of MPEG-5 Essential Video Coding (EVC) last week and said they will collaborate to promote the new standard and  “reaffirmed their commitments to offer fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms for their respective essential patent claims covering this standard.” The companies said they will announce their respective licensing terms for MPEG-5 EVC within two years.  

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“The MPEG-5 EVC standard is expected to be a great video codec for emerging delivery protocols and networks, such as 5G, enabling the delivery of high-quality video services to an ever-growing audience by providing improved coding performance,” the companies said in their announcement.

Tom Butts

Tom Butts has been the editor in chief of TV Technology since 2001. He started out in this industry reporting for member communications for the National Association of Broadcasters in 1995. He is also former editor of DTV Business for Phillips Publishing (now Access Intelligence) and launched digitalbroadcasting.com for VerticalNet in 1999. He is a graduate of the University of Maine.