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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Even if Google would like to opt for HTML5 video in Youtube, they could still keep everything in H.264/AVC. They can serve this directly to Chrome, Safari and likely IE in the future. Once somebody comes in with Firefox or Opera, then they just serve the Flash version.

This is the most pragmatic solution I can imagine though staying entirely with Flash would even more pragmatic.

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