The future standard for online video has been etched in stone. InfoWorld reports that the International Telecommunication Union has approved H.265 to replace H.264, in use on about 80-percent of the web’s videos.
H.265 standard is intended to help keep video flowing among smartphones, tablets, TVs, and other devices as screen resolutions increase over the next 10 years. It should help to reduce the burden on wired and wireless networks, where video makes up a substantial portion of today’s traffic.
I’m not so sure about relieving any burden on networks, though. H.265, also known as HEVC (High-Efficiency Video Coding), uses half the bit rate of H.264, but also supports video at 2160p, and 4320p, vs. today’s standard of 1080p. Those files will be much larger than today’s H.264 video files.