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YouTube to Demo VP9 4K Video Streaming at LG & Sony CES Booths

January 3, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Mike Wheatley / HDTVtest

YouTube will be taking centre stage at next week's CES show in Las Vegas to demonstrate 4K UHD (ultra high-definition) video streaming using a new codec developed exclusively by its parent company Google. Known as VP9, Google's royalty-free codec is billed as an alternative to the latest H.265 codec, which is currently the most prevalent of 4K standards.

Google's VP9 codec is the successor to its previous VP8 standard, which the company launched back in 2010. At the time, Google hoped that the codec would become the number one choice for plugin-free video streaming and real-time communications - however, despite Google adopting the standard for its Hangouts video conferencing, it failed to catch on elsewhere due to a lack of hardware support, and opposition from companies looking to profit from commercial video formats.

This time round things could well be different though, as Google has already got a number of display and chip makers on board, pledging support for the VP9 standard. These include TV manufacturers LG, Samsung, Sharp and Toshiba, plus ARM, Intel and Marvell on the chip side. In total, Google claims to have 19 hardware partners pledging support.

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