Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 31st Jan 2010 14:20 UTC, submitted by lemur2
Internet & Networking Despite the recent interest in adopting HTML5's video tag, there is still one major problem: there is no mandated standard video codec for the video tag. The two main contestants are the proprietary and patended h264, and the open and free Theora. In a comment on an article about this problematic situation, LWN reader Trelane posted an email exchange he had with MPEG-LA, which should further cement Theora as the obvious choice.
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I wouldn't call them fanboys, but most web developers will blindly follow Apples and Googles lead.

Safari can use a QT plugin for Theora so while most of the web will be using h264 Theora has better browser support (Opera+Chrome+FF)

I really hope the Wikipedia will get lots of videos, but that does not seem to happen ;)

That said if _I_ ever have to put video on the web _I_ wouldn't touch anything but Theora (in Germany you never know who might sue you in the future)

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