Google has announced that it will no longer support H.264 for its HTML5 player. This is quite news since there are lot of people who are using H.264 as their video codec for video conversion.
“We expect even more rapid innovation in the web media platform in the coming year and are focusing our investments in those technologies that are developed and licensed based on open web principles. To that end, we are changing Chrome’s HTML5 <video> support to make it consistent with the codecs already supported by the open Chromium project. Specifically, we are supporting the WebM (VP8) and Theora video codecs, and will consider adding support for other high-quality open codecs in the future. Though H.264 plays an important role in video, as our goal is to enable open innovation, support for the codec will be removed and our resources directed towards completely open codec technologies.”
This is quite a bold move since Webm and Thero are not used widely. It may prompt lot of users who are using Chrome to switch to other browsers.
However, the explanation given by the Chrome product manager flavoring open technologies is quite surprising. Google Chrome by default comes with Adobe Flash player which is not open so the whole statement becomes contradictory.