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 LWN.net 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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Agree to disagreee
by darkstego on Sun 31st Jan 2010 15:37 UTC
darkstego
Member since:
2007-10-26

This is what happened to the HTML 5 Committee on the topic of the <video> tag. While I agree that Theora is as of this day the only logical choice for standard. There are people who will not allow it to be a standard. Apple (a committee member) will simply never support Theora, and their official position is this is due to lack of hardware support and what they call an uncertain patent landscape (read:FUD). While Google support Theora in Chrome, they do not support it in youtube because of concerns of quality per bit on such a large site.

Where would the internet be if HTML and JPEG required distributors and readers to pay some fee. In order to really bring video to the web, it needs to be in a format that follows the web's open spirit. It cannot be something that encumbers users in any manner.

The best that one can hope for in a non-open video format is a broken implementation that kinda works some of the time(à la flash).

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RE: Agree to disagreee
by unoengborg on Sun 31st Jan 2010 18:33 in reply to "Agree to disagreee"
unoengborg Member since:
2005-07-06

Where would the internet be if HTML and JPEG required distributors and readers to pay some fee.


I guess it would be on PNG, just like it now is on JPEG as a result of GIF once had unacceptable licensing terms. The same thing will happen with video. People don't like to pay if they don't have to, and there are more people that have money to save on using an unencumbered format than there are people making money from it.

Edited 2010-01-31 18:34 UTC

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RE[2]: Agree to disagreee
by darkstego on Sun 31st Jan 2010 19:12 in reply to "RE: Agree to disagreee"
darkstego Member since:
2007-10-26

Agreed. Momentum should push the web to standards that anyone can implement. Websites are what they are today because the images and text is free. You can display it to the users without worrying whether their browser is able to display jpeg or PNG. I fear the same cannot be said about the video tag unless the landscape drastically changes.

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