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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They probably will, but I'd guess that since there's been more work put into improving H.264 encoders like x264 than has been put into Theora, there is more relative headroom for Theora to improve (just a logical guess, I could be wrong).

But yes, if the fees are small enough the savings of smaller videos and less bandwidth could outweigh them, but you have no long-term guarantees to what the fees are going to be. The MPEG-LA could decide to triple them the next time they renew licensing scheme.

But my (and Mozilla's) point is about the "little guy", meaning somebody with a blog or small businesses, where bandwidth/disk space are trivial compared to what the MPEG-LA could make them pay.

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Any idea of the current costs for users who already have videos on their blogs? If you outsource your videos to sites like YouTube (and I doubt this model will disappear), such won't be the concern for the average blogger.

The small business on the other hand: any business that wants to get into streaming video now has to seek venture capital funding, even without the H.264 licensing fees. If you are streaming on your intranet, where bandwidth is 'free', there would be no point in paying for H.264.

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