Google stop supporting H.264 video codec in Chrome

As you read it, after all that has rained Google's web browser fails to support the H.264 video codec to focus on options open as WebM or Theora.

I read it and hard to believe, the truth: Google Chrome fails to support the H.264 video codec, almost de facto standard for high definition that supports most of the audiovisual industry and technology. The reasons for this move gives us the Mike Jazayeri, product manager at Google, in an article published in The Chromium Blog:

We expect a more rapid innovation in the platform of the networked media this year and are focusing our investments in technologies that have been developed under the principles of the open web. To this end, we are changing the Chrome support for HTML 5 to make it consistent with the codecs and supported by the open project Chromium. In particular, we are supporting WebM (VP8) and Theora, and will consider adding support for other high-definition open codecs in the future. Although H.264 plays an important role in the video, our goal is to enable open innovation, so this codec support will be withdrawn and our resources are aimed at fully open technologies.
With this move, Google it is taking a pulse medium industry, Especially a prominent name: Apple, one of the main promoters of H.264 while detractors Flash ... Because Google is betting on Adobe technology as HTML 5 and develop WebM. A nonsense? :
  • The industry spoke and said H.264.
  • Google already paid the "millionaire" license to use the codec both in their browsers as web services like YouTube (with regard to YouTube, have not referred to whether the portal will continue to support H.264 video or not ... .)
  • WebM not yet ready. Does it? For herself in the river without life jackets is not very prudent.
  • Google is betting on Flash, and most, if not all-Flash videos in high definition are encoded with H.264.
  • Flash is as closed as H.264 ...?
The Internet giant is not alone in its efforts to open web, with prominent partners such as Mozilla, Opera or Linux Foundation, but only he has real power to change things. Did the move go well? Let's hope so.

Personally I applaud the initiative of Google, but leaves me a bit stunned by the reasons already given. On the other hand, Who is more daring, Google for not supporting H.264 or Apple for doing the same with Flash in flagship products such as iPhone and iPad?

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