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: It's really quite simple...
by lemur2 on Sun 31st Jan 2010 23:20 UTC in reply to "It's really quite simple..."
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Theora is NOT a recognised standard and was not developed by any internationally recognised standards organisation.

Standards organisations don't develop code, they merely standardise on methods. The primary considerations for making something a standard are: (1) it can be implemented by anybody, in order to promote interoperability and competition between and amongst suppliers, and (2) any terms for its use are at least RAND, but preferably royalty-free.

H264 fails on both. Theora passes on both.

Therefore, Theora should be submitted for consideration as the standard for a digital video codec, because it is clearly more suited that any current standard.

Edited 2010-01-31 23:28 UTC

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