Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Aug 2009 14:02 UTC, submitted by John Mills
Google "Google confirmed today that it plans to buy digital video compression outfit On2 Technologies in an all-stock agreement, valued at $106.5m. Mountain View said On2 shareholders will be handed 60 cents worth of Google class A common shares for each outstanding share they hold in the company. Clifton Park, New Jersey-based On2 employs around 60 staff. It started life as the Duck Corporation in 1992. On2's VP6 codec is licensed by Adobe, for its Flash Player and Flash Lite 3 for mobile phones. Other major customers include AOL, Freescale, Nokia and Sun Microsystems."
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Theora?
by a.saheel on Wed 5th Aug 2009 15:56 UTC
a.saheel
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2009-05-17

does that mean Google is going to support Theora development by removing some of the limiting Patents? and put its wight to support it as the main codec for HTML5.

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RE: Theora?
by darknexus on Wed 5th Aug 2009 16:52 in reply to "Theora?"
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2008-07-15

What patents are holding Theora back? Wasn't theora, or rather VP3 from which it is based, completely released and all patents upon it disclaimed entirely by On2?

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RE[2]: Theora?
by a.saheel on Wed 5th Aug 2009 17:09 in reply to "RE: Theora?"
a.saheel Member since:
2009-05-17

you are right but all of the development took after opening it is still being held back by avoiding all patented codec compression logarithms.

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RE: Theora?
by lemur2 on Thu 6th Aug 2009 03:13 in reply to "Theora?"
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2007-02-17

does that mean Google is going to support Theora development by removing some of the limiting Patents? and put its wight to support it as the main codec for HTML5.


Theora already has full rights to the VP3 codec patents, garnted to Theora by On2. Theora is based on VP3.

I would say that this step means that Google wants to open VP8 or maybe VP7 as well so that Mozilla will be able to include it in Firefox, and Webkit will also be a ble to include it (and hence also Chrome).

This way, sights like YouTube will be able to host better quality video, using HTML5, at lower bandwidth requirements and yet not have to be beholden to other parties IP, and not have to pay a solitary red cent of royalty payment to either MPEGLA or Adobe.

That is my take on it.

Edited 2009-08-06 03:13 UTC

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