“With its alternative WebM video encoding technology now entering the marketplace, Google announced plans today to remove support for a widely used rival codec called H.264 favored by Apple and Microsoft,” Shankland reports.
Shankland reports, “H.264, also called AVC, is widely supported in video cameras, Blu-ray players, and many other devices, but it comes with significant royalty licensing fees from a group called MPEG LA that licenses a pool of hundreds of patents. WebM, though, has been an open-source, royalty-free specification since Google announced it last May. It comprises the VP8 video codec Google got through its acquisition of On2 Technology and the Theora audio codec associated with an earlier and otherwise largely unsuccessful royalty-free codec effort.”
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