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[5]: Comment by cerbie
by Ed W. Cogburn on Sun 3rd Jan 2010 13:10 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by cerbie"
Ed W. Cogburn
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2009-07-24

and the reason is simple. There are video accelerator chips for H.264, and at the moment there are none for Theora.


If MPEG-LA decides to get greedy this year, then this could and almost certainly will change rapidly.

Note that one can make a hardware Theora encoder/decoder completely royalty-free, so for hardware makers, making such a thing would be cheaper than making the H264 equivalent. Then its just a matter of baking the silicon. The only thing stopping this is the current lack of demand.

At this point we seem to be repeating the same mistakes of history over and over. Remember the GIF fiasco of the early Internet? If MPEG-LA were smart, they'd lay low, not push their license fees higher later this year, and give the Internet & gadget makers more time to get hooked on their drug. They should wait 3 or 4 years, and *then* stiff everyone using H264 with a huge bill.

I personally hope they're more greedy than smart, so this would-be 'GIF fiasco 2.0' repeat doesn't even get off the ground.

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