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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Comment by bobi
by bobi on Sun 31st Jan 2010 19:05 UTC
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one thing ive seen missing is why google support h264:

they reencoded all their videos for the iPhone in h264 some years ago. they prolly have contracts with apple for this.
they do not want to have to store both h264 and theora versions. it takes a while to convert, but it works (they keep the raws). But keeping everything twice has a cost as well. Overall its a bad choice for them.

it has nothing to do with the technical merits of h264

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RE: Comment by bobi
by darkstego on Sun 31st Jan 2010 19:20 in reply to "Comment by bobi"
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I really doubt it is a cost issue with Google. With storage costs so low they could store everything in triplicate and not break a sweat. The reason mentioned back when Theora was abandoned as part of the HTML5 standard was because Google felt that Theora does not meet the quality-per-bit requirement of a site like youtube.

This has since been debated back and forth. And I am not saying they are right, just saying that was their official rationale for using h264.

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RE[2]: Comment by bobi
by KAMiKAZOW on Sun 31st Jan 2010 22:08 in reply to "RE: Comment by bobi"
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storage costs

It's not only pure storage costs as in price for hard disks. It's also more server, energy costs for those servers, and computing power for encoding videos into additional formats.

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