Google's dropping H.264 from Chrome a step backward for openness

Tagged: Google Chrome, H.264, Software
Source: Ars Technica - Read the full article
Posted: 5 years 40 weeks ago

"The promise of HTML5's <video> tag was a simple one: to allow web pages to contain embedded video without the need for plugins. With the decision to remove support for the widespread H.264 codec from future versions of Chrome, Google has undermined this widely-anticipated feature. The company is claiming that it wants to support "open codecs" instead, and so from now on will support only two formats: its own WebM codec, and Theora. Google's justification doesn't really add up, and there's a strong chance that the decision will serve only to undermine the use of the <video> tag completely. This is not a move promoting the open web. If anything, it is quite the reverse." | more



Raven-X's picture
Joined: 01/16/2011
Posts: 8

I was reading about this the other day. It's said that the licensing is stricter for h.264 format or something of that nature. I don't know all the details, but I know it had something to do with the licensing. I wouldn't be too worried, at least there are other options.

falmatrix2r's picture
Joined: 09/26/2010
Posts: 574

google dropping what is needed

I have a gaming PC and all gaming consoles and it definately doens't get you laid!
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Joined: 07/11/2010
Posts: 38

badddd move Google...