Guidelines for HEVC Deployment

HEVC is a new joint ITU/ISO standard for advanced video compression that will find applications in multiple video delivery domains—satellite, cable, over-the-air, over-the-top (OTT) and IPTV—at multiple resolutions from SD to Ultra HD, for both linear and nonlinear content. The standard enables many attractive applications, but arrives in a world populated with a plethora of decoding devices: set-top boxes (STBs) for pay TV, smartphones and tablets for mobile networks, and connected TVs, game stations and PCs for wired Internet. Among the principal challenges for service providers is to figure out a deployment strategy that will maximize compatibility with the widest range of HEVC decoding solutions at minimal cost, and with minimal friction on the consumer side.

This paper will provide guidelines for the initial deployment of services powered by HEVC, including OTT services to connected TVs, mobile devices and PCs, IPTV services to new-generation connected devices, and Ultra HD broadcast to STBs. The paper will also discuss how the new MPEG-DASH protocol can be used to federate OTT HEVC deployments by adapting the upcoming DASH264 specification to HEVC, and therefore leverage all of the groundwork already done with DASH, including the support of multiple DRMs with Common Encryption.