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 LWN.net 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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StephenBeDoper
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As a comparison, even though Adobe's Flash isn't fully "open", at least there is no charge for the use of Flash, and there are at least two open Flash-players that I know of (Gnash and Gameswf). Adobe also doesn't seem to be too bothered by them either.
Compared to this MPEG-LA outfit, Adobe is an angel.


That's a good point. It occurs to me that a possible intermediate solution would be to implement support for decoding/displaying Theora video with Flash. While that idea may seem blasphemous to free software purists, I think it could be an effective Trojan horse approach to spurring Theora adoption (in that it would give Theora the ability to take advantage of Flash's ubiquity). It is possible for 3rd-parties to add support for new codecs in Flash - someone has already implemented Vorbis playback in Flash ( http://toolserver.org/~dispenser/view/Flash_Vorbis ).

That would also be an attractive option for web devs/content distributors (a way around h.264 licensing issues, without having to ditch Flash "cold turkey"), and it would allow "Video for Everyone" solutions that would only require a single video file. And that all of that could help Theora overcome the chicken-or-the-egg problem (browser/OS support for Theora is limited because there is relatively-little Theora content available, because browser/OS support is limited... ad infinitum) by leading to the existence of a large amount of content using the codec.

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