Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 23rd May 2010 09:41 UTC
Benchmarks Now that Google has opened up VP8, the big question is obviously how it'll hold up to H264. Of course, VP8 already wins by default because it's open source and royalty free, but that doesn't mean we should neglect the quality issue. Jan Ozer from has put up an article comparing the two codecs, and concludes that the differences are negligible - in fact, only in some high-motion videos did H264 win out. As always, this is just one comparison and most certainly anything but conclusive. Update: Another comparison. I can't spot the difference, but then again, I'm no expert.
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More legal challenges ahead...
by mrhasbean on Sun 23rd May 2010 14:26 UTC
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I'm convinced YouTube will switch to the new codec exclusively as soon as WebM support is added to Android (Gingerbread, Q4 2010) - if only to spite Apple

So Google, while having a member on the Apple board, get the YouTube app included on the iPhone using h.264 and now that they have released their own smartphone platform in competition they buy and release a codec that, if the above prediction is true, would effectively render a built-in iPhone app inoperable and significantly benefit Google's own platform in the process, yet nobody seems to think there is anything anti-competitive let alone unethical about this?

Isn't this just Google trying to use their dominant position in a market segment to control what transpires in that market and force the hand of anyone who wants to play in that market? Antitrust anyone? Or is it ok for Google to kill off the competition as long as it's in the name of being "free and open"?

I see lots of people talking about wanting choice, but this isn't giving choice. Leaving both options in place would be giving choice...

Edited 2010-05-23 14:28 UTC

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