Linked by Kroc Camen on Thu 29th Apr 2010 23:04 UTC
Internet Explorer I am almost flabbergasted by the spin and blunt-face upon which this news is delivered. We were just discussing the pot calling the kettle black with Apple / Adobe and now Microsoft have also come out in favour of a closed video format for an open web--IE9's HTML5 video support will allow H264 only. Update Now that the initial shock is over, I've rewritten the article to actually represent news rather than something on Twitter.
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I'm seeing a lot of misdirected anger here. Google could require a Theora plugin overnight and that would be the end of it. The harsh reality is that Google likes H.264 but at the same time doesn't want to piss off the FOSS community. Opening VP8 is just a token gesture. They're letting H.264 get established so at some point they'll claim to have no choice but to keep using it. Our hands are tied, just look at all those idevices that have H.264 hardware support. So sorry.

If this were actually the case, then Google would have no reason to have purchsed On2.

Mozilla will not ship a h264 decoder within their product. The W3C will not recommend a royalty-encumbered standard. As for hardware support ... most GPUs can be programmed for any video codec via languages such as GLSL or GPGPU.

Rumour has it that Google and Mozilla might be about to get together and resolve the web video codec situation.

People will install whatever is needed to watch youtube vidoes. Flash, Theora, H.264, Dabayabadoo 2.7232, whatever Google wants them to use. IE9 is only going to Vista and 7 so including Theora would have done nothing for XP users that still use IE. That's a big chunk of users that most publishers would not be willing to give up.

You have a logical disconnect here. IE users running XP require a plugin to view video no matter what is used to encode & send that video. If an XP/IE user visits YouTube today, they are directed to install an Adobe Flash plugin in order to view videos. Most users do this without batting an eye.

If tomorrow YouTube were to switch to HTML5/Theora (rather than Flash), then all that YouTube/Google would need to do is direct their IE users to this plugin instead:

There is no need for YouTube to abandon IE users.

Edited 2010-04-30 03:01 UTC

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