Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th Jan 2011 17:44 UTC
Internet & Networking With yesterday's news that Google will be dropping H.264 support from the Chrome web browser, the internet was split in half. One one side, there's people who applaud the move, who are happy that Google is pushing an open, royalty-free and unencumbered video codec (irrespective of Google's motivation). On the other side, there are the H.264 supporters, who believe that H.264 is the one and only choice for HTML5 video. One of the most vocal and public figures in the latter group is John Gruber. Following his five questions for Google, here are ten questions for Gruber about WebM, H.264, and standards on the web.
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H264 is a closed standard. That makes it incompatible with the web.

Did I say that it was an OPEN standard? No I said it was a standard and it is. Just because a standard is closed does not mean it is incompatible with the web, THAT is nonsense.

They already are! They are offering videos in several bitrates and resolutions. They might as well do it in an open format.

No, you seem to have trouble reading. The article said encoding (codecs) not bitrates and resolutions. [/q]

And you are forgetting that Google is one of the biggest video content owners, through YouTube.

And you are forgetting that Google is one of the biggest privacy offenders too and has their hand in everything related to the web. They have too much power, IMHO.

What utter nonsense. Google is a content provider too!

Thank You. Is it nonsense to Netflix, Vimeo and the others, not to mention the MAJORITY of consumers who do not give a crap if a standard is open or closed only that one day they are going to get a message that they can't play the content because of Google playing internet lord. Consumer confusion is always good, isn't it and no big deal either huh?

Just my Opinion, and you obviously don't agree with it and thats up to you.

Edited 2011-01-14 20:32 UTC

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