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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by TemporalBeing on Mon 1st Feb 2010 18:41 UTC
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Yes, h264 has the better hardware support, and yes, it is claimed its quality is higher than Theora's - but is the short term really all you care about? Are web developers really that ignorant? History suggests yes - Flash, IE6 - but I had hoped we would've learned from all this by now. I'd rather face some technological difficulties now that we can actually overcome (hardware, quality) than face a patent and lock-in mess down the road.

Don't ask the developers - though I'm sure some of them fall into that category. Most probably get tied up by their managers who think that H.264 is the way to go, etc. When that happens, the dev's hands are tied.

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