Bytemobile has announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued the company a new patent in the area of video transcoding. The new patent is No. 7,444,418 for Bytemobile’s “Transcoding Multimedia Information Within a Network Communication System.”
Essentially, transcoding is the process of live streaming a video while re-coding it for a mobile device at the same time. This means that the video can play smoothly on any device. This patent includes 50 claims related to these processes.
From the release:
“Considering that internet video on wireless devices is expected to account for nearly 90 percent of all data traffic by the year 2012, multimedia adaptation and optimization have become critical solutions for network operators,” said Constantine Polychronopoulos, Ph.D., the company’s founder and chief technology officer. “The new patent expands an already strong intellectual portfolio and demonstrates Bytemobile’s continued leadership in providing network operators with solutions that are essential to their sustained growth and profitability.”
What we think?
I’m not sure of the implications of this. Transcoding is going to be huge business, since it’s one of the ways to make mobile video a smoother experience. Will RipCode have to start paying Bytemobile for providing this service now? Or will it not affect them, because this patent covers on-deck transcoding for networks, while RipCode tends to work off-deck with people like MySpace?
Maybe I’ve got that wrong, I’m no patents expert! If you have any insight into this one, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org