Linked by David Adams on Fri 20th Apr 2012 01:31 UTC, submitted by fsmag
Multimedia, AV "When I started working on a no-DRM, open-standards-based solution for distributing high-definition video on fixed media ('Lib-Ray'), I naturally thought of Theora, because it was developed as a free software project. Several people have suggested, though, that the VP8 codec would be a better fit for my application. This month, I've finally gotten the necessary vpxtools and mkvtoolnix packages installed on my Debian system, and so I'm having a first-look at VP8. The results are very promising, though the tools are somewhat finicky."
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I just don't see any FOSS format gaining any real traction as long as the specter of being buried in lawsuits by MPEG-LA hangs over the manufacturers. instead they will pay their MPEG-LA license fees and then since they have already paid why not just use H.264?

For almost all practical purposes, the manufacturers you are talking about are H.264 licensors.

There are about thirty them, global industrial giants like Mitsubishi, Philips, Samsung and Toshiba.

H.264 fees are capped. The maximum bite is 20 cents a unit for a harware encoder/decoder. 10 cents a unit on sales of more than 5 million units a year.

The Enterprise Cap is $6.5 million a year.

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