YouTube to reveal new 4K codec in Las Vegas

According to a report in GigaOM, YouTube will be demonstrating 4K video at CES in Las Vegas next week, based on VP9, a new royalty-free Goggle-developed codec that has been developed as an alternative to the H.265 video codec.

“This certainly isn’t a war of the video codecs,” Francisco Varela, global director of platform partnerships at YouTube, told GigaOM, however, emphasising that the codec would also significantly reduce the amount of data necessary to stream regular HD. “This is important for the entire ecosystem,” he added.


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