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: Comment by bobi
by darkstego on Sun 31st Jan 2010 19:20 UTC in reply to "Comment by bobi"
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I really doubt it is a cost issue with Google. With storage costs so low they could store everything in triplicate and not break a sweat. The reason mentioned back when Theora was abandoned as part of the HTML5 standard was because Google felt that Theora does not meet the quality-per-bit requirement of a site like youtube.

This has since been debated back and forth. And I am not saying they are right, just saying that was their official rationale for using h264.

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