Amazon, Cisco, Google, Intel, Microsoft, Mozilla and Netflix announced forming a new open source alliance, called the Alliance for Open Media, with the goal of developing the next generation of royalty-free video formats, codecs and other related technologies.
The rationale is to create a new interoperable video standard that works across vendors and platforms.
As Mozilla notes, part of the reason for forming this alliance is not just to share technology, but also to “run the kind of patent analysis necessary to build a next-generation royalty-free video codec.”
This work is part of the larger effort of creating a format that’s open and interoperable, as well as optimized for the web and scalable to any device and bandwidth. The format is also meant to support real-time video delivery and usable for commercial and non-commercial content.
The group plans to publish its code under the Apache 2.0 license and it will operate under W3C patent rules, meaning the members will waive royalties from the codec implementations and their patents on the codec itself.