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Google Did The Right Thing - Dropped H.264 Support From Chrome

posted Jan 13, 2011, 10:15 AM by Nicolay Doytchev   [ updated Mar 22, 2011, 12:32 PM ]
Google have just announced that they will drop the support for the H.264 video codec from their browser - Google Chrome. This comes as a support move to the WebM codec which was recently open-sourced by Google. The H.264 codec is a standard supported in many software and hardware products nowadays. However it is encumbered by a large set of patents held by MPEG LA and thus it is not royalty-free. On the other hand WebM is new and virtually no hardware supports it. There is only emerging software support for it. While these certainly are drawbacks, WebM is open source and royalty-free which makes it far more suitable for long term use with the HTML5 video extensions. Other browsers with large and small market shares - Firefox and Opera have already declared they will not support H.264 but just WebM. With the decision in question Google did the right thing and joined the open source, royalty-free video codec supporters. All hopes are that this will result in a freer and cheaper future for the World Wide Web.

Thank you, Google!
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