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H.264 royalties
by westlake on Fri 17th Sep 2010 05:50 UTC
westlake
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2010-01-07

The enterprise cap on H.264 is $5 million a year.

The H.264 licensors include Cisco, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Hitachi, JVC, Mitshubishi, NTT, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Sony and Toshiba.

There are 837 H.264 licensees.

H.264 is a broadcast standard. It is a cable, broadcast and satellite distribution standard. An industrial video standard. It is a home video standard. [Blu-Ray, HDTV] A theatrical production standard.

If you are producing hardware or software or content for any of these markets, you will be licensing H.264 and WebM is a wash.

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RE: H.264 royalties
by lemur2 on Fri 17th Sep 2010 06:10 in reply to "H.264 royalties"
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2007-02-17

If you are producing hardware or software or content for any of these markets, you will be licensing H.264 and WebM is a wash.


The fact that H.264 is used as a standard in various commercial markets does not mean that it must be used as video for the web.

WebM can hardly be a wash if there are already in existence over a million WebM-encoded video files (of the most popular YouTube clips, each one at multiple resolutions), and that the codec to play said clips already has been included in, or will shortly be supported by: Opera, Firefox, Chrome, IE, Android and Adobe's Flash player.

http://www.intomobile.com/2010/05/20/android-gingerbread-build-due-...

This will be the widest support of any web video format, AFAIK.

For the larger part of this year every video clip that has been posted to YouTube with 720p or higher resolution has been converted to and saved in WebM format at multiple resolutions. Before long, only old, tiny and/or unpopular/obscure YouTube clips will be unavailable in WebM format.

Apart from copyright issues, it will otherwise be perfectly legal for anyone to use clips encoded in this format for any purpose (even for commercial purposes) without incurring any royalties.

How is that a wash, exactly?

Edited 2010-09-17 06:26 UTC

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