On the heels of their announcement about search updates, Google has also revealed that they are working on a new video codec to change the experience of content producers. The codec is known as VP9 and may just come out as an open source and royalty free project if the company has their way. The new release is designed to improve performance over the H 264 codec that is the current standard for video viewing online.
Google announced the project, among other new releases from the company, at their annual I/O conference. The team claims that VP9 will cut the bandwidth required for high quality playback. If this is true, millions of viewers could enjoy a smoother viewing experience with fewer buffering breaks. This may increase the popularity of video even further, especially for people that haven’t embraced the technology because they rely on relatively slow connections. However, VP9 is still in development, so nothing is fixed in stone yet. Other new codecs are also on the horizon from other developers. The upgrade known as H 265 may prove to be more popular or efficient in the long run. However, Google is definitely aiming to improve the efficiency of data delivery as their content library continues to grow.