I don't see it happening but I think it would be a great move. Loads of people have video ipods so allowing them to download youtube videos for viewing on the go would be quite popular. Just providing flash video support on ipods might be the easier solution though.
Originally Posted by trevorlsciact
why do they use flash in the first place--the quality SUCKS! and UI is bad too.
I think it's just the low bitrates and not the format though. Flash used to be H263 video, which I remember using in place of Sorenson Video because it was actually pretty good quality. They use VP2 or something now and I presume it's better quality than H263.
I don't think that Flash video will rival H264 quality but I bet the encoding times do and if H264 doesn't give enough advantage over flv at such low bitrates then it doesn't make sense to switch if the encoding times are so much longer. Also, I've discovered that a large number of PC users have a certain level of disdain towards anything with an Apple brand for no apparent reason. I've seen quite a few Quicktime hating threads in various places but not so many Flash ones. Windows users would argue why not use WMV instead of flash and I'm sure none of us would want that but what advantage would H264 Quicktime have over VC-1 WMV? They are both open standards.