The High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), also referred to as H.265 is a new video format that was designed to make it possible to stream high definition videos on low bandwidth networks, including mobile networks. This new format has now been officially recognized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), which will soon make buffering videos on smartphones a thing of the past.
If you feel that the term H.265 is familiar sounding it could be because the H.265 codec has been in use for some years now, being used by video publishers. The codec came into prominence thanks to Apple’s initial decision to ditch Adobe’s Flash Player format and adopt HTML5 based players.
TechCrunch believes that though the H.265 video standard has now been approved by the formal authority, it will still take some time for the format to be widely adopted.
“Of course, just because the format has been approved doesn’t mean that we’ll start seeing video files shrink or lower bit-rate streams anytime soon. While there will likely be software-based encoders available by the end of the year, the codec won’t see mass adoption until it gets embedded into chips and hardware. It could be 12 to 18 months, maybe longer, before the first devices with H.265 hardware acceleration make it to market.”
Once H.265 video format is wholly adopted, however, it will become possible to stream full HD videos on mobile networks on the go. A little more bandwidth and speed and it will even realize streaming of 4K videos at home with broadband connections. In fact, with improved compression techniques it could even become possible to stream 4K videos on relatively low speed mobile networks of the near future.
With H.265 it could finally become possible for us to order HD movies on the go and stream it on tablets and phablets.