“After igniting a hailstorm of controversy over its intent to drop HTML5’s H.264 support from its Chrome browser, Google has reaffirmed its intent to push its own open WebM video codec via Flash-like plugins for Internet Explorer and Safari users,” Daniel Eran Dilger reports for AppleInsider. “The reason: Google wants to ship free platforms without incurring external licensing fees.”
“However Google doesn’t sell either Android or Chrome OS; it gives them away,” Dilger reports. “Microsoft sells Windows, while Apple bundles Mac OS X and the iOS as part of its hardware sales. That leaves Google as the only significant platform vendor that won’t be selling its platforms, but will still need to be licensing commercial technologies, and in particular H.264 video playback, if the world continues to standardize on H.264 for video distribution. So in this dispute, Google isn’t standing up for open standards, it’s standing up for the right to push ads through platforms based on free operating system software, relieving it from having to deal with Microsoft and Apple and other platform vendors. The only way it can afford to do that is if video is delivered without technologies that cost money.”
Dilger reports, “Google has little stake in delivering high quality video; it serves moderate quality web videos through YouTube that could be (and have been) delivered with less than start-of-the-art codec technologies. Apple and Microsoft both deliver HD video products, sell commercial movies, and have plans to deliver the future of HD television. Google’s TV strategy primarily revolves around injecting its ads into other broadcasters’ content, a concept that so far has been an unmitigated disaster.”
Read much more in the highly-recommended full article, including how questions abound about WebM and possible, even likely, patent infringement and why, as with Android, Google doesn’t care if it does infringe on other people’s intellectual property, here.
MacDailyNews Take: And, what about 150+ million iOS device users’ Mobile Safari? Any Web developer who uses WebM and thereby excludes the extremely valuable iOS user demographic ought to be fired.
Unfortunately, it seems that in order for there to be an Apple Inc., the universe requires the existence of at least one greedy, evil Apple-copying machine.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Jax44” for the heads up.]