January 21, 2011

Free Software Foundation Backs Google's Web Video Moves

Google's recent announcements about web video standards and the Chrome browser continue to spark debate. In case you missed the first salvo in Google's web video brouhaha, on The Chromium Blog last week, Google officials wrote that they are putting more muscle behind the VP8 open source video codec, and that future versions of Chrome will support the WebM Project and Ogg Theora codecs. The upshot of the post was that Google is moving steadily away from supporting H.264 video, and that may eventually have a big impact on web publishers and device manufacturers. Now, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) has announced support for WebM--heralding it as an open standard.

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