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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There is more than just H.264
by jrincayc on Sat 1st May 2010 02:51 UTC
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I don't find it surprising that Microsoft is not supporting Theora Video. I do find it surprising that they are only supporting H.264. Microsoft media player supports the unpatented Motion JPEG codec and MPEG-1 (that may or may not be currently patented, but should have the last of the patents expiring by the end of 2012.) As well, there is the H.263 format, that was created in 1996, so patents on it should be expiring no later than 2017. All of those are are already used by either Quicktime or Media Player or both, and so the extra patent issues should be minimal. Choosing only to support H.264, which has MPEG-LA patents that don't expire until 2028 (though maybe a baseline version can be used sooner patent free ~ 2023) is limiting the options. I think this is a sad day for web freedom.

I think that H.264 will probably be better for people using Linux than Flash. I figure that eventually if H.264 becomes a defacto standard, there will be a free as in beer decoder. As in Redhat or Suse or Ubuntu or similar will pay for the decoder license, and distribute a gstreamer plugin. I also think that MPEG-LA will not sue people for non-commercial use of H.264 patents. I can think of no better way to get a backlash against software patents than to start suing individuals. I also think that Wikipedia will exert some pressure to support patent free formats since Wikipedia will not use patented formats.

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