Can H.265 save us from the mobile video tsunami?

Mobile data traffic is set to explode, driven by more smartphones and tablets and the incredible growth of video traversing mobile networks. But a new video format is on its way, which could deliver the same high-quality video in half as many bits.

MPEG LA ready to escalate codec war against Google, WebM

H.264 license holder MPEG LA says it’s ready to step up the fight against Google’s open-source WebM format. After threatening to form a patent pool to use against WebM, the group now says it has identified 12 companies with patents essential to the VP8 standard.

Video files keep growing like kudzu

In 2007, online video was a straightforward affair: You put a video online; you made it short; and you hoped for the best. But today, due to a growing number of video codecs and connected devices, publishers need to produce an ever-increasing number of video files.

All YouTube Video Uploads Now in WebM

Any new video uploaded to YouTube will be automatically encoded in WebM, the open-source video format that’s backed by Google, Mozilla and others. YouTube has also been busy transcoding its back catalog and has now around 30 percent of all videos available in WebM.

Google Hearts Firefox 4 for WebM Video Support

Firefox 4 is clocking huge download numbers ever since it was released yesterday, and that’s good news for Google’s open video format WebM: The new version of Firefox supports WebM HTML5 video playback, bringing the total market share of browsers with WebM support to 50 percent.

Smartphones & Web TVs Prompt Skype to Embrace H.264

Skype announced on its blog today that it now supports the H.264 video format on iOS devices, a change that will allow users to chat across multiple platforms, since H.264 is now the de facto standard for video playback on connected TVs and other devices.

Are Plug-ins the Future of Web Video?

Microsoft reiterated its support behind H.264-encoded video this morning, announcing that it is releasing plugins to deliver video in that format to Firefox and Chrome browsers. But while they might quell some short-term concerns about delivering HTML5 video, plug-ins won’t solve the larger problems facing the industry.

Flash Still Rules in Chrome’s WebM-Only World

Google’s backing of its own open source video codec at the expense of H.264 has many open advocates cheering. But with H.264 widely supported already, the result will actually be more use of the proprietary Flash player for delivery of Web video, not less.

Google’s Chrome Backs WebM, Drops Support for H.264

Google is making a big push behind its open source video codec, announcing today on the Chromium blog that its web browser will soon do away with support for H.264. With existing support from Firefox and Opera, that could tip the scales in favor of WebM.

In 2014, You’ll Have Up to 10 Screens for Online Video

Forget the age-old problem of figuring out what to watch on TV. The new question will be: where do you want to watch it? By 2014, U.S. broadband households will have to choose from between 5 and 10 screens for digital entertainment, says research firm, In-Stat.

MPEG LA: H.264 Streaming Will Be Free Forever

MPEG LA is announcing today that it will continue to offer a royalty-free license for the H.264 video codec for video sites that offer free video streams to consumers “during the entire life of this (l)icense.” In other words: H.264 streaming will be free forever.

New VLC Version Supports WebM, H.264 Hardware Decoding

Want to play videos encoded with WebM, the new video format that Google open sourced at its developers conference last week? Well, look no further: The new version of VLC supports WebM playback. Another feature included in the new release is hardware decoding for H.264 videos.

MPEG LA Threatens Google’s VP8 With Patent Pool License

Google (s GOOG) made waves earlier this week by releasing its VP8 codec under an open source, royalty free license, providing an open, high quality alternative to H.264 and Ogg Theora. But if MPEG LA gets its way, the codec might not remain free for long.

Developer Hopes to Bring H.264 Support to Firefox

Up until now, those who wanted to watch HTML5 video in the Firefox browser were unable to access content that was encoded the H.264 format. But that could soon change, as a new project seeks to remedy this by marrying H.264 video to Mozilla’s Firefox browser.

Flash Co-creator: Apple Is Destroying the Open Web

Jonathan Gay is fed up with Steve Jobs calling Flash a closed platform while at the same time preventing cross-platform development for the iPad and iPhone. He also thinks Apple’s move to support H.264 web video via HTML5 is a danger to the open web.

GIPS Wants iPhone to Video Conference More Often

GIPS, a San Francisco-based company that licenses intellectual property including codecs for audio and video, says it’s come up with a technology that would allow third-party developers to embed video chat in their iPhone-related applications. The new technology is called VideoEngine (VEI) Mobile.