Linked by Preston5 on Sat 27th Mar 2010 11:46 UTC
Multimedia, AV In January, we had read the various arguments regarding Mozilla's decision not to get an H.264 license. This has generated a lot of discussion about the future of video on the web. With Youtube, Dailymotion, Hulu and Vimeo having adopted H.264 for HD video, Mozilla and Opera should use the codecs installed on a user's system to determine what the browser can play, rather than force other vendors to adopt Ogg. Refusing to support a superior codec would be a disservice to your users in years to come. Why hold back the majority of your users because 2% of your users are on niche OSes?
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in the end users decide
by spinnekopje on Sun 28th Mar 2010 20:14 UTC
spinnekopje
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2008-11-29

You can argue as much as you want about quality and everything. There is one thing you can be sure off:

Users don't want to pay (directly) to view media on the web. When you want to charge them to use youtube, another site will take over and become the new youtube. If that involves an easy step to play the movies, users will do so. Look at it like installing flash nowadays.

I really don't care which codecs gets chosen, as long as it is not restricted to certain platforms.

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