Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 14th Mar 2012 19:37 UTC
Internet & Networking Ever since it became clear that Google was not going to push WebM as hard as they should have, the day would come that Mozilla would be forced to abandon its ideals because the large technology companies don't care about an open, unencumbered web. No decision has been made just yet, but Mozilla is taking its first strides to adding support for the native H.264 codecs installed on users' mobile systems. See it as a thank you to Mozilla for all they've done for the web.
Thread beginning with comment 510606
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE: Whatevs.
by Kroc on Wed 14th Mar 2012 21:09 UTC in reply to "Whatevs."
Member since:

Google owns On2 technologies that predate H.264.
There are more browsers out there that support OGG or WebM than those that support H.264. Where are the lawsuits?

This isn't about silly web browsers and patent lawsuits. This is not about one company suing another company over interests, you have to understand that this is about all companies in equal agreement: This is about lucrative licenced content streams. This is about value-adding fees on top of the content itself. It's about an end-to-end chain that cannot be escaped or avoided where everybody involved profits.

There won't be any H264 / WebM lawsuit battles, because that would expose the whole racket that's working well so far (TV / cable streams) and is about to blossom into a market 100x as big.

Reply Parent Score: 7

RE[2]: Whatevs.
by r_a_trip on Thu 15th Mar 2012 14:23 in reply to "RE: Whatevs."
r_a_trip Member since:

This is about value-adding fees on top of the content itself.

In another time and place, this would be called "taxing" and "fleecing". But adding additional, unnecessary costs to an item these days is called "value add".

I'm starting to get on the "old" side of the population...

Reply Parent Score: 5

RE[2]: Whatevs.
by Lennie on Fri 16th Mar 2012 11:01 in reply to "RE: Whatevs."
Lennie Member since:

Actually, as Google now owns Motorola Mobility and part of the patens of H.264 because of it.

They should start to demand more and more license fees from everyone.

If they make H.264 more and more expensive and in the mean time more and more hardware and software support WebM.

Then maybe people will be convinced ? ;-)

Probably not though, as WebM is also controlled by Google. They wouldn't trust them anymore.

Reply Parent Score: 2