good news for HTML5
advocates is that Apple's
iPad for better or worse may finally push the format into
the mainstream, which could eventually displace
proprietary formats like Flash and Silverlight. The bad
news is that Apple has pushed a version of HTML5 that uses another
proprietary format -- H.264.This week observers discovered
that the CBS.com
homepage contained some suspicious new "iPad - test"
links. Clicking these links in the desktop browser would
redirect to a page with TV episodes on a Flash-driven player.
If you spoofed your browser's User Agent to think you were an iPad or
used the iPad SDK Simulator, though, you were redirected to an HTML5
version of the player.Currently the videos do not play.
However, the feature to enter "fullscreen mode" is properly
functioning in the iPad SDK Simulator.So what does this all
mean?Well with CBS onboard the iPad and HTML5 score a big
victory in their fight against Flash. CBS is a huge player in
the TV business and beat out Fox to become the most viewed network in
2008-2009. Its TV shows include NCIS:
Los Angeles, The
Good Wife, Two
and a Half Men, Criminal
NY, Numb3rs, Cold
I Met Your Mother, Big
Bang Theory, The
Cold Case, The
it also means is that it drives HTML5 farther towards a proprietary
implementation. H.264 patents are owned by a group of companies
who license the format through independent Denver-based MPEG LA,
LLC. In countries that uphold software patents (like the U.S.),
both browser makers (like Apple) and commercial content providers
(like CBS) may have to pay to use the codec.The alternative
proposed by the open source community is to use an HTML5
implementation that uses the Ogg Theora codec, a similar video
technology. Users of this implementation would not have to pay
licensing fees. Some, such as Google and Apple, have suggested
that Theora is not powerful enough, but demonstrations show that
video feeds in H.264 vs. Theora show little
noticeable difference to the end user.
quote: Is it just me or is anybody else tired of these proprietary, patent trollin' and gready douches?
quote: If it not were for the illegal versions used by many, Microsoft's overall revenue would be tremendous
quote: lets rip it apart
quote: Maybe Apple was right... if it can convince enough key players to adopt HTML5
quote: Who needs flash?
quote: which could eventually displace proprietary formats like Flash and Silverlight.