HEVC Advance Drops Some Royalties

HEVC Advance, which is a licence pool of patents for H.265, said that it will not “seek a license or royalties on HEVC functionality implemented in application layer software downloaded to mobile devices or personal computers after the initial sale of the device, where the HEVC encoding or decoding is fully executed in software on a general purpose CPU. Examples of the types of software within the policy include browsers, media players and various software applications”.

Analyst Comment

This looks like a reaction to moves towards the VP9 codec from Google, which is open source and, more importantly, royalty free.