Going against its initial hopes, Mozilla starts adding support for the patent-encumbered H.264 video compression standard. Perhaps it'll get revenge through WebRTC.
The Firefox developer, seeking a foothold in mobile browsing, is poised to accept patented video technology it had spurned. That underscores the challenges for Google's competing WebM.
In Web video encoding, there are two major standards. Google just announced it's backing its own WebM over the codec Apple and Microsoft support.
A plug-in will let Windows 7 users watch H.264 video using Chrome even after Google removes support. Also: Microsoft's qualified pledge not to sue Google in the matter.
Mozilla has shunned the H.264 video technology, but Microsoft is easing its use with Firefox on Windows. WebM video fans might not be pleased.
Internet Explorer 9 will support only the H.264 video technology. And Microsoft raises intellectual property concerns regarding the rival Ogg format.
The technology, also called H.265 and the successor to H.264, promises to double video quality for better streaming and higher-res TV. But it'll come with a patent burden, too.
One of the biggest video sites on the Net will use Google's next-generation video compression technology after it's fully defined on June 17.
Some think license terms for the popular video encoding technology mean Apple's Final Cut Pro should be called Final Cut Hobbyist. Not so fast.
The group that licenses the widely used H.264 video compression technology decides against adding a Web-streaming royalty charge that could have helped rival formats such as Ogg Theora.