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Google’s new video chip for YouTube supports AV1 encoding

The Alliance for Open Media came out with the royalty-free AOMedia Video 1 (AV1) codec back in 2017 to replace H.264 as the primary codec for online streaming and media consumption. The AV1 codec offers around 30% better compression than the previous VP9 standard without hampering picture quality, and Google has been pushing for wider...

Google Chrome 90 brings HTTPS as default, support for AV1 encoder, and more

Google Chrome 90 is now rolling out on the stable channel. The latest release incorporates many features and improvements that were being previewed in the stable channel, including support for AV1 encoder, forwarding users to HTTPS versions of websites by default and more. First and foremost, the address bar in Chrome 90 (via Android Police) now...

Google Chrome on desktop is shipping an AV1 encoder to improve video conferencing

Google Chrome for desktop is receiving an important feature that will boost the video calling experience on super slow internet connections. In the latest Chrome 90 beta, Google is shipping an AV1 encoder, which when used brings improved video quality and significant screen sharing efficiency improvements to WebRTC-based video conferencing apps. For background, AV1 is a...

Kodi 19 adds support for AV1 decoding, HDR10, Dolby Vision, tvOS and more

If you’re into the media server business, you probably don’t need an introduction to Kodi. But if this is the first time you have come across the product, let us enlighten you: Kodi is a popular, open-source media player that makes it possible to access all your digital media, including your movies, music, and TV...

YouTube, Netflix reportedly requiring AV1 decode support for future content

Earlier this month, we reported that Google will require new Android TV devices launching later this year to ship with hardware that supports AV1 decode. While YouTube for Android TV and Netflix for Android already stream certain content encoded in AV1 depending on the device and network settings, it appears that both platforms are poised...

Google reportedly requires new Android TV devices support AV1 video decoding

With there being many different hardware companies making smartphones, tablets, televisions, PCs, and silicon; software companies making apps and operating systems; and media giants making streaming services, it's important for key industry players to agree to support certain video coding formats to ensure the best user experience, minimize network use, and support a wide variety...

Google to use AV1 codec to improve bandwidth for Stadia, Photos, Meet, and TV

The Alliance for Open Media came out with the royalty-free AOMedia Video 1 (AV1) codec back in 2017 to replace H.264 as the primary codec for online streaming and media consumption. The AV1 codec offered around 30% better compression than Google's previous VP9 standard without hampering picture quality. Since its release, the AV1 codec has...

Windows 10 will soon get hardware-based AV1 codec, Spotlight for Desktop

Microsoft has officially announced that it is finally bringing hardware-accelerated AV1 video codec to Windows 10 later this year. The AV1 codec offers better compression compared to the existing H.265 codec, and at the same time, it aims to reduce data usage when streaming videos online. The codec was announced by the Alliance for Open...

The H.266/VVC video coding standard has been finalized, promising the same quality at half the size of H.265/HEVC

Video streaming makes up a massive chunk of the total traffic on the internet, with some estimates putting it at a whopping 80% of all internet traffic. With the proliferation of more video consumption devices, democratized videography, and a consistent move up on display resolution, this contribution is still expected to be a very large...

Qualcomm, Samsung, and Huawei back the MPEG-5 EVC video codec for 4K and 8K UHD videos

The HEVC (High Efficiency Video Codec) has been around for quite a while and it offers reduced video file sizes and better quality than other codecs. In the world of smartphones, this becomes especially important. Qualcomm, Samsung, and Huawei are now backing MPEG-5 EVC, an alternative to HEVC. MPEG-5 EVC will be used for 4K and...

YouTube for Android TV adopts AV1 video codec in certain devices

News about video codecs may not seem particularly exciting to most users, but they can make a huge impact on our media consumption without us even realizing it. That's especially true since we're all stuck at home using the Internet to do online classes, watch TV shows and movies from Netflix, or go down the...

MediaTek Dimensity 1000 is the first smartphone SoC to support AV1 hardware decoding

Paying attention to a codec while listening to your favorite track or watching a movie on one of the many streaming services out there might not be your cup of tea, unless you discover how a specific codec can indirectly help you save a considerable amount of data while binge-watching Netflix. Yes, we are talking...