Content-type: text/html ~ Stephen's Web ~ H.264 Format Free To End Users Until (At Least) 2016

Stephen Downes

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Maybe some of the bad press had an impact on the MPEG Licensing Authority, which announced royalty-free H.264 until the end of 2015. They may, as Christopher Blizzard suggests, have learned the lesson from .GIF - "As a direct result of this threat to open use of the Web the W3C coordinated development of the PNG (Portable network Graphic) file format, which provide a royalty-free alternative to GIF which was also had richer functionality." Will that clear up the HTML5 video logjam? Well, no. But it might help, a bit.

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