Google pressing for fast adoption of royalty-free VP9 video codec

Jesse

TS Evangelist
Last week at I/O 2013, Google said it is nearly finished developing the new royalty-free VP9 video codec. The new specification is available now for testing, and will be officially finalized on June 17, reports CNET.

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Jad Chaar

Elite Techno Geek
How does June 24 make any sense. Chrome 26 has been out for like 3 weeks, which means June 24 will be the drop date for Chrome 29 to hit the beta channel, not the final stable release.
 

Jesse

TS Evangelist
How does June 24 make any sense. Chrome 26 has been out for like 3 weeks, which means June 24 will be the drop date for Chrome 29 to hit the beta channel, not the final stable release.
June 24 is Chrome 29 dev channel release, and also the date that VP9 will be finalized, but not the final stable release of Chrome 29.
 

umbala

TS Maniac
How does June 24 make any sense. Chrome 26 has been out for like 3 weeks, which means June 24 will be the drop date for Chrome 29 to hit the beta channel, not the final stable release.
They're not actually releasing anything, but simply removing the beta flag on that date. This can easily be done with a small maintenance release on the existing stable release of Chrome.
 

VitalyT

Russ-Puss
It would be interesting to see how VP9 and HVEC compare in reality. One major concern about HVEC versus H.264 is that the former requires much more CPU power to decode, which inevitably translates into more battery life sucked out by mobile devices. How does VP9 compare in this department?
 

stbecker

TS Rookie
Exciting news. I realize there is a difference in new/free vs interoperable/paid, but having competition should spice things up. Hopefully we avoid the VHS/BETA and HD-DVD/BR-D battles in hardware.

I can already run a couple high-res streams across my home internet connection, but this type of progress gives me hope for having 2K or even 4K eventually.