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The fight for patent-unencumbered codecs is nearly won
By Thom Holwerda on 2018-01-10 23:49:00

Apple joining the Alliance for Open Media is a really big deal. Now all the most powerful tech companies - Google, Microsoft, Apple, Mozilla, Facebook, Amazon, Intel, AMD, ARM, Nvidia - plus content providers like Netflix and Hulu are on board. I guess there's still no guarantee Apple products will support AV1, but it would seem pointless for Apple to join AOM if they're not going to use it: apparently AOM membership obliges Apple to provide a royalty-free license to any "essential patents" it holds for AV1 usage.

It seems that the only thing that can stop AOM and AV1 eclipsing patent-encumbered codecs like HEVC is patent-infringement lawsuits (probably from HEVC-associated entities).

I can barely believe this is still a thing, and that it seems like a positive outcome.

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RE[2]: ATSC 3.0 just released
By JimB on 2018-01-12 23:47:57
Broadcast TV <> cable TV.
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RE[3]: ATSC 3.0 just released
By FlyingJester on 2018-01-13 00:07:38
I mostly use older video equipment, or VGA/DVI, so I'm not sure under what other circumstances are you are stuck with ATSC though.
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RE: ATSC 3.0 just released
By kurkosdr on 2018-01-13 00:28:33
> ATSC 3.0, the new digital "broadcasting" standard for North America, was just released, mandating the use of HEVC. So the "encumbered" codec won't be going anywhere anytime soon.

Sad to hear that, it's the MTS thicket all over again, imposing a patent-encumbered standard for miniscule benefit (for history, the MTS people imposed dbx royalties on any NTSC-compatible TV that could receive stereo, because dbx encoding it was literally part of the MTS standard for stereo NTSC sound and dbx is unbearable without a decoder)

Edited 2018-01-13 00:30 UTC
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RE[4]: ATSC 3.0 just released
By kurkosdr on 2018-01-13 12:49:58
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I mostly use older video equipment, or VGA/DVI, so I'm not sure under what other circumstances are you are stuck with ATSC though.

Watching over-the-air TV broadcasts?

Edited 2018-01-13 12:50 UTC
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RE: empty
By zima on 2018-01-13 17:05:07
And now MS offers Linux subsystem on Windows, Linux on Azure, releases apps/services for Android, Skype for Linux, .Net is multiplatform...
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