Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 31st Jan 2010 14:20 UTC, submitted by lemur2
Internet & Networking Despite the recent interest in adopting HTML5's video tag, there is still one major problem: there is no mandated standard video codec for the video tag. The two main contestants are the proprietary and patended h264, and the open and free Theora. In a comment on an article about this problematic situation, LWN reader Trelane posted an email exchange he had with MPEG-LA, which should further cement Theora as the obvious choice.
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RE: Thumbs Up
by drstorm on Sun 31st Jan 2010 15:08 UTC in reply to "Thumbs Up"
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Who cares about quality if there is no freedom?

Most people, actually. People forget that IE and Flash succeeded because there were no better alternatives. h264 has technical advantages and as a user I cannot really oppose its adaption.
As a developer, I can say that it is short-sighted, but in the end the only thing that really matters is user satisfaction, because that's where the profits are.

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RE[2]: Thumbs Up
by Erunno on Sun 31st Jan 2010 15:22 in reply to "RE: Thumbs Up"
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I very much doubt that most users (i.e. the ignorant masses) could tell the difference between a H.264 and a Theora encoded video on their run-of-the-mill hardware under normal circumstances that are usually less than optimal (e.g. lightning, monitor settings, insufficient resolution, etc.).

The encoding problem is as bad as the decoding because it pretty much limits the content providers to the ones with deep enough pockets to pay for the license. Normal users will always risk the wrath of MPEG-LA if they dare to upload their own videos to the web.

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