Stephen Shankland for Cnet:

H.265 brings two notable features. First, it can match the quality of H.264 with half the network bandwidth, in principle either improving streaming video at the same data rate or reducing network usage at the same quality. Second, it supports UltraHD video (also called 4K), which quadruples the number of pixels for larger displays.

Great news, particularly for mobile video.

And what ever happened to Google’s “H.264-killer”, VP8? Oh:

One of H.265’s notable challengers is Google’s VP8 and upcoming VP9. With VP8, Google has offered a video encoding-decoding (codec) technology that’s doesn’t require patent royalty payments. H.264, which was available well before VP8, enjoys broader usage in the electronics market, though, reaching from Blu-ray discs to videocameras.

Yeah, with VP9 apparently already on the way, safe to say that VP8 was a big heap of fail. And the non-patent encumbered part remains up for debate.

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