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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RE[4]: Theora
by ba1l on Sun 31st Jan 2010 18:27 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Theora"
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Ogg was designed for streaming. Specifically, it was designed for streaming radio using Vorbis. It's worked properly for years, including storing the length of a stream without having to read the whole file.

Perhaps you're thinking of AVI, which stores a separate index at the end of the file. That certainly can't be streamed (easily) without reading the beginning and end of the file.

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