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 tyrione on Mon 1st Feb 2010 18:51 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Correction"
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The Content Producers decide, not the free consumer.

No dear, they don't. At least theoretically, the consumer is the one who pays for all this.

If we all decide not to use H264 content, we will have an awful lot of sellers with no buyers.

Of course the mass of consumers at large hasn't exercised voting with their wallets for a long, long time. So naturally it seems that Corporations run the show and for now they do.

The question her is: How much pressure do you need to apply to a frog before he croaks?

When pigs fly will this fantasy of boycott occur.

This isn't the Beta vs. VHS debacle.

The Appliance is open for all platforms. The HTML5 standard is open. Today's web browser is open all working to use the same standard.

The standard is so open it doesn't declare any one specific codec for the standard.

Content Producers [Those who make the streaming media] can choose to rip in any codec they choose and provide a variety of options for the client [free consumer] to use.

Linux, Windows and OS X all have the necessary tools to process a large set of video/audio codecs without the W3C demanding the HTML 5 compliance mean this video codec must be the One.

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