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MPEG LA has updated its HEVC patent profile to conform with recent revisions to the HEVC standard.

hevcThe company’s HEVC Patent Portfolio Licence, introduced in 2014, is designed to allow HEVC users to obtain coverage under essential patents owned by multiple patent holders in a single licence, as an alternative to negotiating separate ones.

The update was defined in recommendation ITU-T H.265 v3, and has been expanded to provide coverage for the 3D Main profile.

MPEG LA’s objective is to provide worldwide access to as much HEVC essential intellectual property as possible for the benefit of licensees,” the company said. “Any party that believes it has a patent which is essential to the HEVC standard as defined in Recommendation ITU-T H.265 v3 (4/2015) is welcome to submit its patent(s) for an evaluation of essentiality by MPEG LA’s patent experts and inclusion in the License if determined to be essential.” The royalty rates remain unchanged.

Compression standards like HEVC are widely seen as one key to the castle for 4K UltraHD video, which takes high-end 1080p HD resolution for TV and quadruples it. Uncompressed 4K streams require eight times the bandwidth of normal HD content, thus challenging pay-TV operators, broadcasters and over-the-top (OTT) providers to find ways to ensure quality of service while maintaining a cost-effective delivery structure. The mature HEVC is perhaps the most well-known codec for shrinking down bandwidth requirements for fat streams.

HEVC does have challengers, like the Alliance for Open Media, which wants to develop a royalty-free AOMedia Video codec baseline, which it will build upon to deliver state-of-the-art compression efficiency that it says beats modern codecs like HEVC.