Do you need to purchase a mpg2 license for the RPi3?

I thought I heard somewhere that it was included in they unit purchase price.


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The base price of any Raspberry Pi contains the fee for H.264 encoding and decoding.1 MPEG-2 is a different codec , whose license fee is not included in the base price.

Note that the Pi 3 might be fast enough for software decoding MPEG-2 at no cost. This is legal in France and other European countries.

Sources : Official Blog Announcment

  • Thank for clearing that up. Unfortunately, from my experience with libreelec, I don't think it's fast enough. May 23, 2016 at 16:57

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