New 4K TVs from Sony, LG and Sharp support Google’s VP9 codec

Google is pushing ahead with its VP9 video codec, and a bunch of partners are actually going to show off products at CES in Las Vegas this week: Sony, LG and Sharp are all getting ready to ship 4K TVs that support VP9, and the YouTube app on those devices is already taking advantage of it to stream high-resolution content with lower bit rates. Altogether, there are now 26 partners launching products that use VP9 for different kinds of screens, according to a YouTube blog post, which also pointed out that VP9 helped to more than double YouTube HD and 4k video consumption in emerging markets.

The road to HD Voice on mobile phones is a bumpy one

There’s a lot of HD-Voice activity in the U.S., but chances are you’ve never made an HD-Voice call. The reason is the same one that has always plagued the mobile industry: the lack of interoperability.

Intel’s over-the-top compression

Depending on when Intel actually rolls out its planned new set-top box, it could be among the first service providers — OTT or otherwise — to deploy the new H.265 codec, which could give it some competitive advantages over other fixed-line OTT providers.

MPEG LA ready to escalate codec war against Google, WebM

H.264 license holder MPEG LA says it’s ready to step up the fight against Google’s open-source WebM format. After threatening to form a patent pool to use against WebM, the group now says it has identified 12 companies with patents essential to the VP8 standard.

H.264 is still winning the codec war

H.264 remains the dominant force in online video, as the video codec now accounts for more than two-thirds of online video, according to a blog post by MeFeedia. Meanwhile, Google’s WebM format has yet to gain any significant traction after being released a year ago.