Originally Posted by solipsism
I have no idea what makes you think that HTML5 has been trying to force H.264 support and deny any and all Theora support when it's codec independent.
Thats not wait I'm saying, Apple and Microsoft are pushing H.264 by not supporting OGG or VP8, in addition to their H.264. (Both Apple and Microsoft are part of MPEG-LA which owns H.264 patents).
Motzilla cannot support H.264 because of licensing issues, Opera cannot support H.264 because they can't afford it
Ian Hickson mentions that for video codecs to be included as requirement in HTML5 specification, the following needs to happen:
— Ogg Theora improves the quality-per-bit and video quality for HD, vendors will make Ogg Theora decoder chips available to the public, and major browsers will include Ogg Theora without getting sued.
— H.264 patents expire, which will no longer require license fees for H.264 support.
This was before VP8 was released as open source. VP8 is very close to H.264 in quality, and Intel is currently working on getting hardware acceleration support for it. H.264 has already been dominate for years so it does have a head start.
At the end of the day HTML 5 is supposed to be and open standard. The whole point of the video tag is to get video content out of an external flash player, and make it available to any browser to use. H.264 defeats this purpose as small developers simply cannot afford to support it. And by not supporting H.264 your browser is locked out of all HTML 5 H.264 video.
At this point only Safari, Chrome, and soon Microsoft have the money/ability to support H.264. Chrome however supports OGG and soon VP8. Safari and I.E. will only
support H.264. That means if a video uses an OGG or VP8 codec, it can't be viewed on I.E. or Safari, a huge portion of the market. Apple and Microsoft are already starting to monopolize HTML 5 video. And I think thats why I think a lot of media companies are holding out on adopting HMTL 5, because of the codec issues. If Apple wants to encourage HTML 5 adoption, they would support VP8 in addition to H.264. Microsoft too, although I doubt they care. It seems they both are committed to continue to collect royalties off H.264 video.