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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RE: waiting for WebM on Android
by umccullough on Wed 20th Apr 2011 18:18 UTC in reply to "waiting for WebM on Android"
umccullough
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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.


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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