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HTML Video Codec Support in Chrome

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Articles Html5 Google Chrome H264 Video Standards
Daniel Andrlik
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Daniel Andrlik
Daniel Andrlik lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia. By day he manages product teams. The rest of the time he is a podcast host and producer, writer of speculative fiction, a rabid reader, and a programmer.

Google is dropping H.264 support in Chrome, in favor of WebM and Theora. Considering the tide of sites that are doing H.264 streaming these days, this seems like a bad move. I get that this is posturing, but if site owners are stuck dual encoding video just to be compatible with multiple browsers, I don’t see this position winning Google any good will, because let’s be honest, H.264 adoption isn’t going to slow down anytime soon.

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