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Licensing body MPEG LA has announced the availability of the MPEG-DASH (DASH) Patent Portfolio Licence. The joint licence includes patents that are essential to the MPEG Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DASH) standard, which enables high quality streaming of media content over HTTP to be dynamically adapted to changing network conditions to provide smooth, high quality playback of video and other content without stalls or re-buffering events.
The DASH standard is used in products such as mobile phones, tablets, televisions, set-top boxes, computers, digital/personal video recorders, optical disc players or recorders, game consoles and software.
Current DASH essential patent holders include Amotech Co., Ltd.; AVerMedia Technologies, Inc.; CableTelevision Laboratories, Inc.; Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute; Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.; Hitachi Maxell, Ltd.; Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation; Siemens AG; SK Planet Co., Ltd.; and The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York.
“As DASH implementation kicks into high gear throughout the world, MPEG LA is pleased to offer to the marketplace a convenient, fair and efficient licensing alternative that offers everyone reasonable access to this valuable breakthrough technology on the same terms under a single licence,” said MPEG LA President and CEO Larry Horn.
“We commend the hard work and cooperation of the patent holders that have agreed to offer a joint licence for the benefit of the DASH marketplace,” said Bill Geary, Vice President of Business Development at MPEG LA, “and we welcome other DASH essential patent owners to join them.”
MPEG LA’s objective is to provide worldwide access to as much DASH essential intellectual property as possible. Therefore, MPEG LA welcomes any party that believes it has patents that are essential to the DASH Standard to submit them for an evaluation of their essentiality by MPEG LA’s patent experts and inclusion in the Licence if determined to be essential.