Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 30th Apr 2010 21:40 UTC, submitted by Helge
Legal Well, this certainly explains a whole lot. Both Apple and Microsoft have stated that the legality of Theora is highly debatable, and as it turns out, they knew more than we do - most likely courtesy of their close involvement with the MPEG-LA. Responding to an email from Free Software Foundation Europe activist Hugo Roy, Steve Jobs has stated that a patent pool is being assembled to go after Theora. Update: Monty Montgomery of Xiph (Ogg and Theora's parent organisation) has responded on Slashdot: "If Jobs's email is genuine, this is a powerful public gaffe ('All video codecs are covered by patents'). He'd be confirming MPEG's assertion in plain language anyone can understand. It would only strengthen the pushback against software patents and add to Apple's increasing PR mess. Macbooks and iPads may be pretty sweet, but creative individuals don't really like to give their business to jackbooted thugs."
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RE[2]: Flash for Future?
by segedunum on Sat 1st May 2010 01:56 UTC in reply to "RE: Flash for Future?"
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Flash video nowadays *IS* H.264.

I wish people would stop repeating this. The format that arrives at your computer is Flash and not h.264 - regardless of what it was encoded in before. It has no relevance to HTML5 video and its support whatsoever.

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RE[3]: Flash for Future?
by bhtooefr on Sat 1st May 2010 02:07 in reply to "RE[2]: Flash for Future?"
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The player interface is delivered in SWF format, yes.

The video is in a separate file, which is an FLV file.

Flash video, freshly grabbed from YouTube. H.264 codec.

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RE[4]: Flash for Future?
by segedunum on Sun 2nd May 2010 22:09 in reply to "RE[3]: Flash for Future?"
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Flash has historically used Sorensen Spark and the On2 protocol like VP6 before adding h.264 itself, but nevertheless, what you receive at your end distributed over the internet is still Flash specific and you still need to re-encode if you target the web. Bulk transcoding is still very difficult so most of the video remains in the previous two codecs behind the scenes.

People seem to think they can claim this as popular h.264 support for web video. They can't.

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