Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 10th Mar 2013 13:07 UTC
Multimedia, AV A few days ago, Google and the MPEG-LA announced that they had come to an agreement under which Google received a license for techniques in VP8 that may infringe upon MPEG-LA patents (note the 'if any'). Only a few days later, we learn the real reason behind Google and the MPEG-LA striking a deal, thanks to The H Open, making it clear that the MPEG-LA has lost. Big time. Update: Chris Montgomery: "The wording suggests Google paid some money to grease this along, and the agreement wording is interesting [and instructive] but make no mistake: Google won. Full stop."
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RE[3]: A basic question
by Valhalla on Mon 11th Mar 2013 23:55 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: A basic question"
Valhalla
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If tomorrow Apple allowed VP8 on iOS what new content would open up for it's customers?

As of now, nothing. If webm becomes the standard (and thus mandatory) video codec for HTML5 then you would likely need it for alot of online content, of course since Apple supports HTML5 it would have to support webm in this case.

Also if/when Google stops supporting h.264 on Youtube in favour of webm (they say they are still going through with it, though personally I think it very much depends on webm becoming the official HTML5 video codec) you will need VP8/VP9 to watch the content. It won't make a practical difference for iOS though as you already need the Google Youtube app unless I'm mistaken.

And of course if w3c accepts (as expected) WebRTC as a standard for browser video chat/voice calls then Apple will likely enable that in Safari on OSX atleast.

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