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New H.265 video format approved by UN, will save half the bandwidth

Associated Press
Jan 28, 2013 at 06:34am IST

Geneva: The UN telecommunications agency says its members have agreed upon a new compression format that could dramatically cut the amount of Internet bandwidth currently used by video files.

The International Telecommunication Union says the format, or codec, known as H.265 would require just half the amount of data needed by its predecessor, H.264.

The Geneva-based agency says videos encoded using the H.264 format - which is favoured by devices such as Apple's iPad - currently account for two-fifths of web traffic.

New H.265 video format approved by UN

The H.265 format, or codec, would require just half the amount of data needed by its predecessor, H.264.

ITU said in a statement late Friday the new H.265 codec could pave the way for "the next wave of innovation," such as faster movie downloads and higher-quality video streaming.

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