Hanwha Gets H.265 HEVC License, Hikvision Refuses

By IPVM Team, Published Nov 12, 2020, 07:53am EST (Info+)

IPVM's August 2020 investigation revealed that two of the industry's biggest companies, Hanwha and Hikvision, have been selling H.265 cameras without HEVC licenses for years.

Now, Hanwha has secured this license but Hikvision has not. This video overviews the situation:

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sorry for my lack of knowledge in this area.

would hikvision have to pay licensing fees on every camera that has the "ability" to do H.265? or only if the user is using the H.265?

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Ability, meaning whether it ships with it or not.

Hypothetically, one might imagine a world where royalties are only paid if a user enables a certain feature or as they use it, but that would be infeasible to determine in products like IP cameras where they are generally not even connected to some centralized system for tracking.

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but that would be infeasible to determine in products like IP cameras where they are generally not even connected to some centralized system for tracking.

And in the security industry, one might suggest impossible as anyone worth their salt should probably not be electing to send specific deployed system configuration details to 3rd parties.

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Axis cameras for years stated that they included 1 client decoding license for H.264. The first time you clicked on H.264 codec from the web UI it would pop up and have you click the box to confirm that you have purchased a client license for H.264 decoding.... They sold the licenses as a SKU. I doubt many people actually purchased them. IIRC, people would also use a VMS and say that the VMS is used for monitoring and thus the license is from that software...

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I think it hinges on putting an implementation of software or hardware that performs H.265 encoding in the device.

The equations to compress a video stream in the H.265 way are patented and the patents owned by a consortium, so that anyone who writes software to implement those equations, puts it on a device, and sells the device, pays per device.

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Panasonic and ipro were also just added. Presumably that means they were selling without it as well.

Access Advance Announces Newest Additions to the HEVC Advance Patent Pool

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