Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th Apr 2011 09:20 UTC
Google The revolution has begun! Web video will be freed from the shackles of the MPEG-LA and the dreaded claws of patents and incomprehensible licenses! Sorry, I got a little carried away there. Anywho, YouTube has announced all new videos uploaded to the site will be transcoded into WebM, and that the most important part of the site's catalogue is already available in WebM.
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waiting for WebM on Android
by JokeyRhyme on Wed 20th Apr 2011 13:18 UTC
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As soon as a decent number of Android phones have hardware-accelerated WebM, you can bet Google will be turning off the h.264.

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RE: waiting for WebM on Android
by lemur2 on Wed 20th Apr 2011 13:45 in reply to "waiting for WebM on Android"
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2007-02-17

As soon as a decent number of Android phones have hardware-accelerated WebM, you can bet Google will be turning off the h.264.


Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) both support WebM.

The Nvidia Tegra 2 chip and the Rockchip RK29xx chips both support WebM decoding in hardware. The Tegra 2 supports WebM encoding in hardware also.

http://www.nvidia.com/object/tegra-2.html

Many of the Android tablets which are just coming out, such as the Motorola Xoom, utilise the Nvidia Tegra 2 chip.

Edited 2011-04-20 13:49 UTC

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

"As soon as a decent number of Android phones have hardware-accelerated WebM, you can bet Google will be turning off the h.264.
Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) both support WebM.

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Many of the Android tablets which are just coming out, such as the Motorola Xoom, utilise the Nvidia Tegra 2 chip.
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These are tablets rather than phones, but nevertheless here is an article describing some of these devices:
http://www.techdrivein.com/2011/04/8-android-tablets-for-2011-to-be...

Only two of these eight tablets (the Panasonic Viera and the Lenovo LePad) will not ship with support for WebM. All of the others will ship with support for WebM, and it appears most would feature hardware support for webM.

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umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

As soon as a decent number of Android phones have hardware-accelerated WebM, you can bet Google will be turning off the h.264.


No, that won't do it:

As soon as the cost of maintaining h.264 outweighs the ad revenue as a result of keeping it, you can bet they'll turn it off (and potentially free up tons of space in their cloud storage).

As long as they're still making ad revenue from people watching the videos, they'll keep it around, unless the license fees and storage costs outweigh said ad revenue. This basically comes down to a simple revenue/expense ratio business decision.

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