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: Choice has been made
by Cody Evans on Sun 31st Jan 2010 17:30 UTC in reply to "Choice has been made"
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This is just a theory but:

All the videos YouTube offers in HTML5 were already encoded in H.264 for flash. So, testing the Video tag functionality on YouTube beta doesn't require re-encoding all if the videos on YouTube, a massive effort. I believe that once Google gets all the bugs worked out of their implementation, they will switch to a more open codec.

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