Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 19th Mar 2010 14:15 UTC
Internet & Networking Now that Internet Explorer 9 has been let out its cage, we all know a great deal more about Microsoft's position towards the video codec situation with the HTML5 video tag. Microsoft has chosen for H264, a codec it already includes in Windows by default anyway. This means that apart from Firefox and Opera, every other major browser will support H264. Some are seeing this as a reason for Mozilla to give in to their ideals and include support for H264 as well - I say: Mozilla, stick to your ideals. The last people you should be listening to in matters like this are web developers.
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RE: hmm
by lemur2 on Fri 19th Mar 2010 14:47 UTC in reply to "hmm"
lemur2
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2007-02-17

there is no pragmatism in forcing mozilla to go for h264. that's just a peer-pressure lockin attempt.

i suspect mpeg-la royalty hunt will effectively prevent h264 from being the major player in html5 video contest.

ok, now i'm getting a bit confused, so let's try to make it clear :

how will it affect people who make their own h264 videos and publish them online? does it mean you have to have a
- os with h264 licence
- video editor with h264 licence (to encode)
- video website with h264 licence (to host)
- browser with h264 licence (to watch)

to fully comply with the h264 licensing rules? or maybe will also need a personal h264 license too?

what about sites that would transcode the video into another format? will they have to pay as well?


You will have to have a license everywhere (although there is a short moratorium on this requirement for web client, because MPEG LA realise they haven't cornered that market just yet).

It will be just about the only thing on the planet where the costs of its initial production have been recouped years ago, yet every must pay and pay and pay again for using it.

No wonder the MPEG LA members are pushing h264 so hard, and disseminating FUD like crazy against Theora.

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