MPEG LA, the world leader in alternative technology licenses has recently announced its AVC Patent Portfolio License will continue to be royalty free for streaming video online to end users.
MPEG LA’s AVC Patent Portfolio License provides access to essential patent rights for the AVC/H.264 (MPEG-4 Part 10) digital video coding standard. In addition to Internet Broadcast AVC Video, MPEG LA’s AVC Patent Portfolio License provides coverage for devices that decode and encode AVC video, AVC video sold to end users for a fee on a title or subscription basis and free television video services.
This will come as great news to broadcasters who feared a change in licensing would mean being charged for streaming with H.264. Streaming services using H.264 codec will be able continue doing so without paying royalties to MPEG LA. Changes in the next term will be announced before the end of 2010.