Tuesday, October 06, 2015
Submit your own News for
inclusion in our Site.
Click here...
Breaking News
Twitter 'Moments'To Highlight Best Tweets
Hololens, New Lumia Smartphones, Band, Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book Shined At Microsoft's Windows 10 Devices Event
Sharp Showcases Ultra HD Blu-ray Recorder, 8K TV at CEATEC 2015
EU Court Says EU-US Data Transfer Pact Is Invalid
New Roku 4 Streaming Player Supports 4K Resolution
Sharp Showcases RoboHon Mobile Robot At Ceatec
Skyworks to Buy PMC-Sierra for $2 Billion in Cash
Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation Established
Active Discussions
How to back up a PS2 DL game
Copy a protected DVD?
roxio issues with xp pro
How to burn a backup copy of The Frozen Throne
Help make DVDInfoPro better with dvdinfomantis!!!
Copied dvd's say blank in computer only
menu making
Optiarc AD-7260S review
 Home > News > General Computing > MPEG-on...
Last 7 Days News : SU MO TU WE TH FR SA All News

Friday, March 04, 2005
MPEG-only bows out of codecs race

Facing the inevitability of multiple audio/visual codecs required in new-generation digital set tops, Broadcom Corp. will stop developing MPEG-only chips by the second quarter of this year.

Speaking at the DVB World 2005 conference, Aidan O'Rourke, Broadcom's marketing director said, "As a chip vendor, it would be ludicrous to bet on one horse."

Broadcom last December unveiled its own H.264 decoder IC designed to work as "a side car" to the company's mother chip, or set-top system-on-chip. Broadcom is integrating the new H.264 chip into its existing MPEG-2-based SoC to create a multicodec IC. Broadcom is also adding VC-1 capability to the system.

While the trend toward multicodecs grows among chip makers, broadcasters still must find a preferred codec for their content. Key intellectual property holders of advanced video codecs such as H.264 are demanding royalties not only from set-top vendors but also from broadcasters.

BSkyB announced Wednesday that its HDTV service in the U.K. scheduled for launch next year will use an H.264-based advanced video codec. Although BSkyB has yet to license H.264 IP, Brian Sullivan, BSkyB's director, indicated it is beginning that process. "We will be there," he said.

Many in the DVB group characterize licensing terms for H.264 as less than perfect, but "acceptable." Gilles Maugars, chief technology officer at TPS, a service provider in France, called royalties for H.264 "relatively reasonable." He quickly added, "If you add the cost of transport, satellite, programs and others, there is more to say about that."

No European service provider has announced a commercial digital TV plan based on VC-1. Originally derived by Microsoft Corp.'s proprietary Windows Media Video 9 technology, VC-1 is currently in development within the Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers (SMPTE). Although ballots for VC-1 have reportedly been cast, SMPTE has not announced the outcome.

In the U.S., SBC may become the first operator to deploy VC-1-based IPTV services. SBC, which has picked Microsoft as a system integrator for its IPTV infrastructure, has reportedly flip-flopped on the advanced video codec it plans to adopt. The telecom giant was initially committed to H.264, but it is now said to be leaning towards VC-1.

"The spec is not locked in yet," said Broadcom's O'Rourke.

For its IPTV deployment, SBC selected Motorola and Scientific Atlanta as IP set-top suppliers. Three chip vendors ? Broadcom, STMicroelectronics and Sigma Design ? are still in the race. Microsoft, meanwhile, is said to be calling the shots for SBC on everything from a back-office systems to SoC specs for IP set tops.

The DVB group, which has already embraced H.264, did not include VC-1 in its so-called "DVB Toolbox" for advanced video codecs. Theo Peek, DVB group's chairman, said it is keeping its option open for VC-1. For any new audio-visual codec to be considered for evaluation, it first needs support from at least five DVB members, according to Ken McCann, chair of AV coding group at DVB. The group also requires new AV codecs to be published by an international standards body, and that IP rights be made available under fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory terms.

Microsoft has yet to meet these requirements for VC-1.

Mozilla Foundation Launches Mozilla China        All News        Kyocera to end camera production
Mozilla Foundation Launches Mozilla China     General Computing News      Intel goes home

Get RSS feed Easy Print E-Mail this Message

Related News
Sharp Showcases Ultra HD Blu-ray Recorder, 8K TV at CEATEC 2015
Panasonic DMR-UBZ1 Is The World's First BD Recorder With Ultra HD Blu-ray Playback Capability
Sony Launches High Dynamic Range Video Support on 4K Ultra HD TVs
New Sony Bravia X9000C 4K TV Is Extremely Thin
Licensing Ultra HD Blu-ray Format To Start This Month
Samsung Brings New 4K SUHD TV to the Masses
First Sony X900C and X910C Ultra-thin 4K Ultra HD TVs Launching
Sharp Releases 4K Android TVs
4K TV Grow But Overall LCD TV Shipments Slow, IHS Says
HDR, Wider Color Gamut, High Frame Rates, and Better Audio To Prove Critical to the Success of the UHD TV Market
Blu-ray Disc Association Completes Ultra HD Blu-ray Specification
Sony's 4K Ultra HD TV Lineup Coming In The U.S.

Most Popular News
Home | News | All News | Reviews | Articles | Guides | Download | Expert Area | Forum | Site Info
Site best viewed at 1024x768+ - CDRINFO.COM 1998-2015 - All rights reserved -
Privacy policy - Contact Us .