In late 2001, to much industry enthusiasm, H.264 and MPEG-4 AVC were launched as the world’s unifying codec family in a joint project between ITU and ISO/MPEG with the undertaking that the “JVT [Joint Video Team] will define a “baseline” profile. That profile should be royalty-free for all implementations.”
The failure to deliver on this royalty-free baseline is more than a lively standards history tale.
Years of exhausting disputes and doubts have recently resolved with court rulings soundly vindicating the original royalty-free process and vision.
And now, more than ever, the Web and broadband revolution need these groups to deliver on this 2001 royalty-free undertaking. And in the coming months, ITU and ISO are poised to begin work on a next generation of codec and transport stream standards.
I have summarized a pro royalty-free viewpoint on how ITU and ISO/MPEG can and should go forward and complete this royalty free undertaking here.