For example, Totem (Videos) for the GNOME desktop can play h.264 mkv files with stock Jessie packages, but for HEVC requires libde265-gstreamer1.0, as does the backported gnome-subtitles I have in the repo below. The stock Jessie gnome-subtitles would use libde265-gstreamer0.10.
These packages live in my Jessie multimedia-backports repository:
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deb http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/stevepassert/Debian_8.0/ /
See the linked thread for directions on how to add the repository key.