H.265 video standard granted approval by the UN

The successor to the H.264 video codec, H.265, has been granted official approval by the United Nation’s (UN) telecoms agency, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

According to, the new format could significantly reduce the amount of internet bandwidth required to steam video. In fact, H.265 will only use half the amount of bandwidth required by H.264, thanks to its clever compression methods.

Currently, H.264 codec is used by everyone from those supplying video conferencing services, to technology companies manufacturing smart devices, revealed. This means the new technology could have a wide-ranging impact; changing the face of communications around the world.

Comments from the ITU’s secretary general, Dr Hamadoun I. Toure, explained just how ground-breaking the new technology could prove to be. “ITU-T H.264 underpinned rapid progression and expansion of the video ecosystem, with many adopting it to replace their own proprietary compression codecs,” Dr Toure said.

“I have no doubt that this new standard will be as effective as its predecessor in enabling the next wave of innovation in this fast-paced industry.”

H.265 has already earned itself the title of HEVC – which translates to ‘high efficiency video coding’. Although it isn’t yet known how it will be adopted by video conferencing or technology companies, the ITU said H.265 will be slowly embraced as current video services ‘outgrow’ their network limits.