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Daily Dose - Will Google's VP8 Video Codec Solve HTML5 Video Dilemma?

04.13.2010
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There may still be hope for people who favor a single, non-patented <video> tag standard in HTML5.  A report by NewTeeVee says a source with inside knowledge of Google tells them that the company is planning to announce the open sourcing of On2's VP8 video codec at Google I/O, which is next month.  The source also says that Google and Mozilla both plan to announce support for this codec in Chrome and Firefox's HTML5 video.  Over the past few years, Opera and Mozilla made the case for Ogg Theora as the only safe bet for HTML5's video standard because the codec is unencumbered by patents, whereas H.264, the other HTML5 video standard, does have patents.  Although H.264 will remain royalty-free until 2016, many of the patents don't expire until 2028.  Apple, Google, and Microsoft (in IE9) have all supported H.264 up until this point, but if Google were to come out in support of VP8 with Mozilla, it could shift the argument in favor of that codec, pitting more open organizations (Mozilla, Google, Opera) against Microsoft and Apple.  Apple is heavily invested in H.264 with the iPhone and iPad, so they would continue to fight hard to keep H.264 as a part of the standard.  There's no clear consensus on whether one video codec is better than the other, but On2 claims that VP8 uses 50% less bandwidth than H.264 while offering similar quality.

The iPhone is Singing with Opera
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RichFaces 3.3.3 Final Arrives with JSF 2.0 Support
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Perl Finally Makes it to a New Release; Quicken's Release Cycle
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Apple vs Geeks - is this the end of a love affair? 
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