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: No problem with Theora
by graigsmith on Sun 31st Jan 2010 18:57 UTC in reply to "No problem with Theora"
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h264 is hardware accelerated? hey, we have gpgpu so we can accelerate theora too

you could accelerate it on a computer. but who cares at that point, computers have the cpu power to spare.

what this choice came down to was the phone support.

the hardware acceleration is on the phones. most phone cpu's would not be able to do video if not for special video only chips than enable them to do 1-3 different types of videos. so no. most phones would not be able to do theora, or wma. because those are not hardware accelerated. yeah, they could have been. But too little too late. The iphone came with h.264 hardware support so that it could do video. now pretty much every smart phone comes with h.264. motorola droid has h.264 hardware support also. and now html 5 is going to need at least h.264 support to support the phones. the phones is where this html 5 push came from. flash wasn't and still isn't ready, phones came with internet but no video support, and people want that. so video support started rolling in.

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