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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This is nowhere near enough of a reason to impose a patented codec on the web and thereby rip off everybody who does not own an iPhone.

Yes, I know this. I am just saying that your argument doesn't matter, because desktop computers can already do it fine.

Fortunately, phones are a very short life item. Perhaps the unlucky iPhone owners who have been dudded by Apple's attempted lock-in will be aware enough buy a Nokia smartphone with maemo and android next time.

Well, I really hope that the next generation of smart phones includes hardware support for Theora. That would totally solve the problem.

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