Speedy Net video codec done, but late

The technical design of a compression technology that promises to stream video over the Internet at DVD-worthy speeds has been completed, according to the international standards team developing it. But the widely anticipated standard, known as Recommendation H.264 of the United Nations' International Telecommunication Union (ITU), won't be ready for public consumption until March--three months behind schedule.

The standard was developed by the Joint Video Team (JVT), a joint effort between the Video Coding Experts Group within the ITU and the Moving Pictures Experts Group, a working group of the International Organization for Standardization/International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC). MPEG, responsible for the MPEG-4 audio-visual standard among others, just met in Awajishima, Japan.

The new compression technology has demonstrated data throughput of just under 1mbps in trials, paving the way for better Internet delivery of bandwidth-hogging video files.

While the ITU refers to the codec as Recommendation H.264, ISO calls it ISO/IEC 14496 10 Advanced Video Coding (AVC).

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News source: c|net

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