Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 3rd May 2010 17:56 UTC
Multimedia, AV Are you guys sick of the H264 debate already? Yes? Too bad, because we've got more. Microsoft's decision late last week to restrict Internet Explorer 9 to H264 was met with a rather immense amount of criticism, so the company decided to publish a new blog post responding to some of that criticism. While Microsoft makes a few good points, the overall feeling is still that of 'fear, uncertainty, and doubt'.
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They invest money, they support it.
by Envying1 on Mon 3rd May 2010 18:24 UTC
Envying1
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2008-04-22

Is that easy & simple. Everyone in this world cares about money.

Companies invest some and want to make more;
Individuals don't want to pay for it;

Eventually, we will find way(s) to get around it.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Is that easy & simple. Everyone in this world cares about money. Companies invest some and want to make more; Individuals don't want to pay for it; Eventually, we will find way(s) to get around it.


Only some companies (a small set of software vendors) want H264. For everyone else, the vast majority of companies big and small, organisations, governments and individuals, using royalty-free Theora is a cost reduction.

There are essentially two ways for companies big and small to increase profits: (1) increase their prices, or (2) reduce costs.

Using H264 as the web standard would achieve #1 for a very, very few interests (and mean the opposite of #2 for everyone else), whereas using Theora would achieve #2 for eveyone. Absolutely everyone. It would even reduce costs for Microsoft and Apple, according to this blog from Microsoft.

If everyone cares about money, then Theora is the only choice.

Edited 2010-05-03 23:35 UTC

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