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[4]: Correction
by lemur2 on Mon 1st Feb 2010 01:57 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Correction"
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Sure they decide, but end users also have to use a licensed product. You'd start to see websites stating that they only worked with safari or chrome. It is possible...but so very silly, it would be the second coming of "site designed for internet explorer"

At this time, Vimeo have started an experiment to supply video via html5, but only using h264 decoder. This will ONLY work in Safari and Chrome, not Firefox.

Despite the fact that Firefox is a few times more prevalent that Chrome and Safari combined, in a recent announcement Vimeo still somehow made the obviously-incorrect claim that using h264 lets them get video to more clients.

Clearly, in order to get open video on the web, users simply cannot leave this decision up to providers who are so obviously willing to lie.

Clearly users will have to start demanding open web video (HTML5/Theora) before we get anywhere with this.

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