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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by pandronic on Sun 31st Jan 2010 18:19 UTC
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The reality is that developers will use the format that has the biggest support. So, for the moment it can go either way ... as always it depends on which codec(s) Internet Explorer will support.

What terrifies me is that Microsoft will probably support whatever codecs are installed on each system. This is bad news - it reminds of the times before Flash video when you could barely see any video, because the browsers would embed an ugly WMP control which barely played anything.

The result? The video tag will go nowhere, and 10 years from now we will still be using Flash video. Developers will use something only if they can be sure that it's supported on 90%+ of the machines. Realistically speaking I can't imagine how could that happen ... ;)

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