Linked by Kroc Camen on Thu 29th Apr 2010 23:04 UTC
Internet Explorer I am almost flabbergasted by the spin and blunt-face upon which this news is delivered. We were just discussing the pot calling the kettle black with Apple / Adobe and now Microsoft have also come out in favour of a closed video format for an open web--IE9's HTML5 video support will allow H264 only. Update Now that the initial shock is over, I've rewritten the article to actually represent news rather than something on Twitter.
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So all it requires is Google to re-encode their videos, probably with VP8.

It is estimated that Google has in excess of one million servers. Google could arguably be able to re-encode on million of its most popular videos within a few minutes, and another million within a few more minutes, and tens of millions of its most popular videos within an hour.

Where is the problem here?

Of course it is technically possible for them to do it, but they don't want to. They like H.264 and VP8 is just a useful distraction at the moment. SEE WE LIKE OPEN let's keep encoding those H.264 videos.

Not many? Google has millions, but Microsoft wouldn't have that many.

The point is that Microsoft has zero control over web video codecs which can be seen by the fact that they use Flash in many of their own websites.

Why exactly isn't Theora, or an opened VP8, the very least of three or four evils then?

Because MS already uses H.264 in Silverlight.

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