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    Google's VP9 Video Codec Gets Backing from ARM, Nvidia, Sony And Others (click for full article)

    by Frederic Lardinois - Jan. 2, 2014

    -- Google's VP9 video codec is getting a major boost today. While Mozilla, Google's own Chrome browser and a few video players like FFmpeg started supporting VP9 over the course of the last year, what was mostly missing from Google's ecosystem for this highly efficient video codec was hardware support. As Google announced today, however, virtually all major hardware vendors will soon support VP9 natively in their products and allow Google's YouTube to stream HD content up to 4K directly to computers, TVs and mobile devices.


    These new hardware partners include ARM, Broadcom, Intel, LG, Marvell, MediaTek, Nvidia, Panasonic, Philips, Qualcomm, RealTek, Samsung, Sigma, Sharp, Sony and Toshiba.


    As Francisco Varela, Google's global director for platform partnerships told me, we should see native support for VP9 in TVs and Blu-ray players in many of the 2015 models of these manufacturers, and computers and mobile devices will also start supporting it over the course of 2014. For most laptops and high-end mobile devices, hardware support is optional, as they can use a software decoder. For the best results, though - and the longest battery life - hardware support is necessary. Virtually all of these manufacturers already offer this support for H.264.


    Google argues that encoding videos with VP9 results in about 50% bandwidth savings compared to its older VP8 codec or the H.264 standard.


    Read more at: http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/02/go...s-gives-4k-video-streaming-a-fighting-chance/
     
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    The VP9 codec sounds good - but unfortunately current GTV devices don't support VP9 hardware acceleration. Also it appears to me that even the new upcoming GTV devices with the new Marvell Armada 1500 Plus chip will only support VP8 and not VP9. This is according to the following document about the new Marvell Armada 1500 Plus (88DE3108) HD chip:

    Marvell ARMADA 1500 Plus

    I only see support listed for VP8 in the document.

    Without hardware support - it's questionable whether GTV devices will have enough 'horsepower' to stream VP9 videos with just software decoding.

    Also I was disappointed to find out that the new upcoming Hisense Pulse Pro (GTV box) will only come with 1GB of RAM. IMO this means the other new GTV devices will also come with 1 GB of RAM.

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    Here are 2 other links of interest for GTV users:

    1) The Marvell homepage for their new Armada 1500 Plus (88DE3108) chip (to be used in upcoming GTV devices):

    http://www.marvell.com/digital-entertainment/armada-1500-plus/


    2) The official Hisense press release for their new upcoming GTV devices:

    http://www.hisense-usa.com/pr/prFull.asp?prID=92

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    On the Marvell Armada 1500 Plus homepage - it says the following is a "key feature":

    ** Latest generation SoC solution enables Google services for Smart TVs based on Android JellyBean 4.2.2 **

    I'm not certain - but the way that is worded kind of makes it seem like the new chip will support the Jellybean update - while the old Marvell 1500 in current GTV devices doesn't support the Jellybean update. That's my take on it anyway. Any thoughts about this? Perhaps this is why there has been so much silence from the GTV partners concerning the Jellybean update - they're trying to see if it will work on the "old" Armada 1500 chip?
     
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    If the VP9 videos won't run on existing Google TV hardware, that will be disappointing to say the least.
     
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    YouTube: 2014 is the year of the hi-def stream | Internet & Media - CNET News


    Summary: With all the quality of high-definition, 4K video streams at half the bandwidth, thanks to a Google video format.

    by Seth Rosenblatt - January 2, 2014 12:40 PM PST

    -- YouTube has announced that it will be demonstrating high-definition video streams at the Consumer Electronics Show next week, thanks to the relatively new Google video codec VP9.

    The new format is advantageous for YouTube and other video streaming sites because it allows them to transmit high-definition, 4K quality streams without slowing down your network. One anticipated effect is that you'll experience a lot less buffering while watching online video.


    Read more at: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57...-stream/?part=rss&subj=latest-news2&tag=title
     
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    Everything except GTV will be supported if Google has its way.
     
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    That's sadly the way of settop boxes. By the time we get an upgrade the technology has already moved on.

    If we get it at all...

    Carl
     

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