Web giants gang up to take on MPEG LA, HEVC Advance with royalty-free streaming codec

The Register – September 1, 2015

Some of the largest companies in online media have banded together to battle back against excessive patent licensing fees for streaming video.

Amazon, Cisco, Google, Intel, Microsoft, Mozilla, and Netflix have all joined the Alliance for Open Media, a new consortium aimed at developing a new, open source, royalty-free video codec to compete with High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), the up and coming successor to H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding (AVC).

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Tech’s Biggest Names Unite to Create a New Video Format

Wired – September 1, 2015

The list, with a few notable exceptions, is a roster of some of the biggest names in tech: Amazon, Cisco, Google, Intel, Microsoft, Mozilla and Netflix are teaming up to revamp the way video works over the Internet

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New Alliance Aims at Royalty-Free Video Codec

Light Reading – September 1, 2015

There’s a new video codec alliance in town.

Seven companies – including Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN), Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), Google (Nasdaq: GOOG), Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC), Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), Mozilla and Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) – have formed the new Alliance for Open Media to develop “next-generation media formats, codecs and technologies in the public interest.” The group’s first project is to create an advanced, royalty-free video codec that is open, scalable and optimized for the web.

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Netflix, Amazon, More Prepping Open, High-Quality Video Format

PC Magazine – September 1, 2015

Video codecs are not the most interesting topic for most, but without them, good luck binging on Netflix or watching VMA clips in your browser.
Development of new codecs, however, is often slowed by patent and licensing issues. So some of the top tech companies are teaming up to develop an open-source, royalty-free video format.

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Mozilla, Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Intel and others form ‘Alliance for Open Media’

BetaNews – September 1, 2015

Both open and closed projects have their place; there are arguments for each as to which is better. For standards, however, open is preferable. By preventing licencing fees and legal patent battles, the technology can continuously evolve without interruption.

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Microsoft, Google, Amazon, others, aim for royalty-free video codecs

Ars Technica – September 1, 2015

Microsoft, Google, Mozilla, Cisco, Intel, Netflix, and Amazon today launched a new consortium, the Alliance for Open Media. The group plans to develop next-generation media formats—including audio and still images, but with video as the top priority—and deliver them as royalty-free open source, suitable for both commercial and noncommercial content.

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Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Netflix working together on next-gen, open source media codecs

Liliputing – September 1, 2015

A group of major tech companies that are often seen as competitors have announced that they’re all working together on at least one project: an effort to create open source, royalty-free media formats and codecs.

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Microsoft joins tech elite to develop a royalty free future for video formats

WinBeta – September 1, 2015

Along with Google, Mozilla, Cisco, Intel, Amazon, and Netflix, Microsoft will participate in a new consortium aiming to co-develop the next generation of media formats.

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Microsoft joins forces with other tech giants to create next-generation video format

Windows Central – September 1, 2015

Microsoft has joined forces with six other industry giants, including Google, Amazon, and Mozilla, to form the Alliance for Open Media. The alliance’s main goal is to work together to create new open source formats and codecs for online video, audio, and other streaming media.
In all, the Alliance for Open Media is made up of Amazon, Cisco, Google, Intel, Microsoft, Mozilla, and Netflix. Each member will contribute its expertise to an initial project in an effort to create an open, royalty-free “next-generation” video format that adheres to the following:

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Major Tech Companies Form ‘Alliance For Open Media’ To Create Royalty-Free Video Codec

Tom’s Hardware – September 1, 2015

Seven large technology companies, including Amazon, Cisco, Google, Intel Corporation, Microsoft, Mozilla and Netflix, announced that they have formed the “Alliance for Open Media” to create a next-generation video codec that’s unencumbered by patents and royalty-free.

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Google, Netflix, Amazon team for one video format to rule them all

SlashGear – September 1, 2015

This week the Alliance for Open Media was launched in hopes of bringing a single open format to video streaming services worldwide. This single format would be adoptable by all, and given the members of the alliance that’ve announced their allegiance so far, this Alliance is going to be adopted by the biggest of the big. Founding members of the Alliance include Amazon, Cisco, Google, Intel Corporation, Microsoft, Mozilla and Netflix. If there were a group of technology leaders able to make this format happen, it’s this one.

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Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Cisco and more are designing an open-source video format

The Next Web – September 1, 2015

Seven of the largest tech companies have formed the new Alliance for Open Media, an open source project to develop new formats, codecs and technologies for viewing ultra high definition video and other media on the Web.

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Google Forms Alliance For Open Media Along With Microsoft, Amazon, Netflix, And Others

Android Police – September 1, 2015

Amidst news that Google has adopted a new logo (and everything that comes along with that), Sundar Pichai let slip that Google is joining the likes of Microsoft, Amazon, Netflix, and others to form the Alliance for Open Media (AOM). The organization’s goal is to collaborate on open and royalty-free digital formats for “next-generation ultra high definition media.” In other words, it will develop new image, audio, and video codecs and container formats that are totally free for non-commercial and commercial use.

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Forging an Alliance for Royalty-Free Video

Mozilla – September 1, 2015

Things are moving fast for royalty-free video codecs. A month ago, the IETF NETVC Working Group had its first meeting and two weeks ago Cisco announced Thor. Today, we’re taking the next big step in this industry-wide effort with the formation of the Alliance for Open Media.

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Commentary: The Streaming Industry Gangs up on HEVC with the Alliance for Open Video

Streaming Media Magazine – September 1, 2015

With Google, Amazon, Cisco, Microsoft, and others joining forces in the Alliance for Open Video to create a new royalty-free codec, an alternative to HEVC (and its controversial royalties) is on the way. Does this spell the beginning of the end for HEVC?

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Amazon, Netflix, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla And Others Partner To Create Next-Gen Video Format

TechCrunch – September 1, 2015

Amazon, Cisco, Google, Intel, Microsoft, Mozilla and Netflix today announced that they have formed a new open source alliance — the Alliance for Open Media — with the goal of developing the next generation of royalty-free video formats, codecs and other related technologies.

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A bunch of tech industry giants just teamed up to fight for a new kind of video, and Apple is not in the group

Business Insider – September 1, 2015

Tech titans Amazon, Netflix, Cisco, Microsoft, Mozilla, Google, and Intel have banded together as the Alliance for Open Media to come up with a new standard for online video.

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