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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Web developers, the choice is yours. Are you ignorant and short-sighted, or are you willing to make a stand for keeping the web open, and finally breaking video loose from its proprietary shackles?

That was a ridiculous bit of moralizing.

Google sets the standard through youtube, not web developers. That's the main reason people install Flash in the first place. People will install whatever is needed to watch youtube. Portable devices will have hardware decoders designed around whatever codec youtube uses. It won't matter if web developers use Theora on their own sites.

Web developers are the last people that should be blamed in all this. Try Google first and then the W3 for pussing out in not defining a codec.

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_LH_ Member since:

Even if Google would like to opt for HTML5 video in Youtube, they could still keep everything in H.264/AVC. They can serve this directly to Chrome, Safari and likely IE in the future. Once somebody comes in with Firefox or Opera, then they just serve the Flash version.

This is the most pragmatic solution I can imagine though staying entirely with Flash would even more pragmatic.

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nt_jerkface Member since:

I kind of thought half the point of HTML5 was to have an open source alternative to Flash so the web wasn't dependent upon Adobe for video. Now we get another entity to be dependent upon?

Google really doesn't care about getting rid of Flash and that is the lesson in all this. They control YouTube which sets the video standard.

All the FOSS advocates here can stop cheerleading Google now. Open source is just a pet hobby to them.

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