Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 10th Mar 2013 13:07 UTC
Multimedia, AV A few days ago, Google and the MPEG-LA announced that they had come to an agreement under which Google received a license for techniques in VP8 that may infringe upon MPEG-LA patents (note the 'if any'). Only a few days later, we learn the real reason behind Google and the MPEG-LA striking a deal, thanks to The H Open, making it clear that the MPEG-LA has lost. Big time. Update: Chris Montgomery: "The wording suggests Google paid some money to grease this along, and the agreement wording is interesting [and instructive] but make no mistake: Google won. Full stop."
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RE: A basic question
by Alfman on Mon 11th Mar 2013 12:52 UTC in reply to "A basic question"
Alfman
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"My question is this. In the real world what is VP8 used for? By that I mean who is using VP8 to deliver video, how widespread is VP8 use?"

I don't know the answer, but you already asked the exact same question here, and lemur2 already gave you a good starting point which you seem to have completely ignored in re-asking your question.

http://www.osnews.com/thread?554708


"A supplementary question: are there are sources of video that are only being delivered via VP8 which are not accompanied by delivery using other codecs?"


You of all people should know that Apple's banned users from installing WebM on their portable devices. This means publishers who want to reach apple mobile users would have to serve H264 as well. Although merely irritating from a publishing standpoint, the real shame is from a licensing standpoint because publishers still have to license H264 due to apple's codec restrictions.

If enough publishers were to leave iOS users out in the cold, maybe apple would have enough sympathy for their own users to allow them to install WebM. Now that MPEG-LA and google have settled patent claims, it would be truly a disservice for apple's users to disallow web streaming using the royalty free codec.

Edited 2013-03-11 13:01 UTC

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