Jul 7, 2020
New video format 'halves data use of 4K and 8K TVs'
The codec - which is called both H.266 and Versatile Video Coding - was announced by Germany's Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute. H.266 is designed to require half the bitrate - the amount of data transmitted per second - as today's standard H.265. "H.265 requires about 10 gigabytes of data to transmit a 90-minute ultra-high definition [4K] video," explains a press release. In order to stream 8K video reliably, tests have indicated that homes would require internet connections capable of more than 85 megabits per second, which is beyond what many properties have today. "The codec story is always the same: everyone always wants to get better-quality video in a more efficient state, but the challenge is getting people to adopt it," commented Ben Wood from the CCS Insight consultancy.
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