Sisvel Update

I’ve been asked for an update on the Sisvel AV1/VP9 pool situation; here’s what we know. Before beginning, as I wrote about here, I am working as a consultant with Sisvel during the launch. To recap, Sisvel announced their pool late March: Before signing on as a consultant, I wrote two articles for Streaming Media…

Sisvel Announces Patent Pools for VP9 and AV1

Luxembourg-based Sisvel International SA announced patent pools for VP9 and AV1 yesterday targeted at consumer display devices (smartphones, TVs, etc) and consumer non-display devices (set-top boxes and OTT devices). Here’s what we know from this article on Streaming Media) and this Q&A. The standard rate for VP9 is € 0.24 for display devices and €…

AV1 Encoding and 4K

A couple of additional data points on AV1 encoding as follow-ups to my Streaming Media article here. First, a colleague asked about 4K encoding times on Twitter. Second, a reader recommended using the row-mt switch for VP9. So, I encoded a ten-second 4K test file on the same single-CPU ZBook as the Streaming Media article.…

Unified Poops in Velos’ Punchbowl

Sorry for the visual but couldn’t resist. Just got the following email from Unified Patents. All the normal caveats apply; I haven’t reviewed the filings (and won’t) and Unified may not succeed though they’ve had some recent successes. Why the hate on Velos? In contrast to the transparency with which MPEG LA and HEVC Advanced…

MPEG LA Forces Huawei to Pay (for H.264 that is)

In this January 2019 article in Streaming Media Magazine, I reported that two patent holders in the MPEG-LA patent portfolio group had sued Huawei and ZTE in Germany for patent infringement and had won. As stated therein, “the judgment was particularly onerous; not only did the court order the two companies to stop selling the offending…