Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 14th Mar 2012 19:37 UTC
Internet & Networking Ever since it became clear that Google was not going to push WebM as hard as they should have, the day would come that Mozilla would be forced to abandon its ideals because the large technology companies don't care about an open, unencumbered web. No decision has been made just yet, but Mozilla is taking its first strides to adding support for the native H.264 codecs installed on users' mobile systems. See it as a thank you to Mozilla for all they've done for the web.
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RE[3]: Whatevs.
by Gusar on Thu 15th Mar 2012 11:43 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Whatevs."
Gusar
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BTW, the fact that digital TV broadcast is encoded with h.264 has very little to do with web content and web browsers.

This argument is used quite a bit. But I find it completely bogus, and here's why: It implies that the web is a world of it's own. But it's not. It's only a part of a bigger world that already has established means of video delivery. And those means deliver h264 video. Do you really expect companies to have a separate encoding chain just for the web? As nice as that would be idealistically, in reality the financial equation just doesn't add up. Unless you're Google. But any other company is by logic not Google.

Then add hardware decoders into the mix. You can cite a few examples of chips that have vp8 decoding, but what percentage of devices out there right now has those chips? If you're delivering video to mobile devices, it makes little sense to deliver in a format that only a very small percentage can decode it without quickly draining the battery of the device.

Edited 2012-03-15 11:49 UTC

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