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HEVC, a new standard for compressing 4K video, will be cheaper for many companies to use than its industry-dominating predecessor. Maybe Google's competition helped.
Plenty of patents are involved in HEVC, the leading technology contender for compressing 4K video. Several big names still haven't signed up for an effort to ease licensing.
With VLC 2.1.1, VideoLAN continues to sidestep the software patent licensing minefield of video compression. Meanwhile, open-source allies put muscle behind the new Daala codec.