Although it is using the same VideoCore IV, is there any chance Raspberry PI 2 supports H.265 decoding by hardware?
Af far as I am aware hardware decoding is not supported.
What about H265 (HEVC)?
H265 is currently being tested, but this would be entirely SW decoded, as there is no HW support, so will not be capable of much over 720p25, if that., without extensive optimisation that will take some time to do.
No, and future hardware versions probably will not support it either. H.265 is an expensive codec with complicated licensing. MPEG-LA basically gave away H.264 which is why it is so widely supported. H.264 is still cheaper than MPEG-2 (which is why the Pi doesn't have MPEG-2 turned on by default).
There's a reason why Google is developing WebM and VP9/VP10. MPEG-LA and company plan on squeezing everyone with H.265 licensing fees. Hopefully VP9/VP10 will be baked into hardware accelerators in the near future.
Yes, through NEON optimizations.
Through NEON optimizations with the ARM CPU you can get accelerated HW playback through a special instruction. You can find those optimizations in
They'll all work better on the Pi3, which has a faster CPU. But, anything is better than nothing.
This is not a special h.265 chip, but it's a massive performance increase over strictly software decoding.