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: Theora
by graigsmith on Sun 31st Jan 2010 18:51 UTC in reply to "Theora"
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it may be the obvious choice to you. but the industry has already chosen h.264. you can blame apple for this, and it's pretty much too late to switch to theora. so mozilla needs to just add the h.264 codec to their package.

besides, if everyone switched to theora. theora would get sued by the h.264 consortium most likely. h.264 covers hundreds of video patents. and theres no way theora doesn't infringe on at least some of them. not only that, everyone's phones would stop working with youtube. and it would cost more money, and use more bandwidth to send the videos on the internet.

ideally it would be nice if it were unencumbered by patents. but it's just not going to happen unfortunately. the standard is already here. and if mozilla doesn't add it by the time youtube goes html5 only, then firefox is done. microsoft's going to add it. you can count on that.

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