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Why Google's HTML5 support could harm the internet

Anonymous Coward writes | more than 4 years ago

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An anonymous reader writes "With YouTube, Google has officially started supporting HTML5 video. However the video codec that they choosed to use is the proprietary H.264 instead of the open source Theora. Because it is used by Google, everyone could start using it, effectively making it the standard. For internet broadcast, H.264 is currently free. However there is a lot of uncertainty over its licensing as the free broadcast license is valid only till the end of 2010. If MPEG-LA, the patent holder of H.264 codec, decides to charge licensing fee, it could create a barrier for web developers and other new entrys in the web bussiness."
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H.264 is the standard (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30896898)

Like it or not, H.264 IS the de-facto standard here, and has been for years. Whether it is "free" is irrelevant to most people (whether it should be relevant or not is a different issue).

Re:H.264 is the standard (1)

NSN A392-99-964-5927 (1559367) | more than 4 years ago | (#30901052)

Forwards does not mean progress, what if I refuse HTML 5 as a standard and continuing using Lynx as a browser. It is faster, can hardly be exploited. This very topic shows that new standards are just new standards, there is nothing that means it is better than old technology. You have to read behind the lines like LSO cookies Adobe Flash that cannot be cleared and you get tracked. Just check out http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager04.html [macromedia.com] Most people have a clue about LSO's and yes access to your microphone and camera. HTML 5 is and erosion of privacy
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