Linked by Kroc Camen on Fri 1st Jan 2010 15:36 UTC
Opera Software HTML5 Video is coming to Opera 10.5. Yesterday (or technically, last year--happy new year readers!) Opera released a new alpha build containing a preview of their HTML5 Video support. There's a number of details to note, not least that this is still an early alpha...
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RE: Comment by cerbie
by lemur2 on Sat 2nd Jan 2010 11:22 UTC in reply to "Comment by cerbie"
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I hope we get more people going with H.264, instead of Theora (where are the patent hounds coming after all the poor x264 users? *crickets*). This looks very good: "We don't care what codec it is, as long as Gstreamer can demux and decode it."

Why would you hope for h264? I think it is next year (2011) when the patent owners of h264 have said they will start charging everyone for each "transmission" (their word) of data encoded using a h264 encoder. The intent is apparently for a charge to be applicable not just each time someone uses the h264 codec to compress a video stream ... but rather every time someone "transmits" a h264-encoded stream!

According to the “Summary of AVC/H.264 License Terms,” which you can download from the MPEG LA site ( avc/avc-agreement.cfm), there are no royalties for free internet broadcast (there are, however, royalties for pay-per-view or subscription video) until Dec. 31, 2010. After that, “the royalty shall be no more than the economic equivalent of royalties payable during the same time for free television.”

So the most likely result will be a yearly fee per broadcast market, which may be the internet as a whole, but, logically, it could also be applied on a per-country basis. In the case of my multinational equipment manufacturer client, which has more than 25 international subsidiaries, each with its own website, the potential royalty charge exceeded $250,000. When I outlined my findings with the client, it was clear that this would be a major factor in its decision to change over to H.264.

Theora 1.1 (previously codenamed Thusnelda) achieves virtually the same performance as h264, but it is utterly free to use by anyone, anytime, for encoding, decoding or streaming, forever.

Edited 2010-01-02 11:25 UTC

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