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Cisco open-sources H.264 decoder to be used in Mozilla Firefox

by Alex Blewitt on  Oct 30, 2013

Cisco has announced an H.264 decoder to be licensed under BSD which can be used in Mozilla Firefox, bringing H.264 to all browsers, ahead of next week's IETF meeting.

H.265 Codec Standard Has Been Approved

by Abel Avram on  Jan 26, 2013

The H.265 codec standard, the successor of H.264, has been approved, promising support for 8k UHD and lower bandwidth, but the patent issues plaguing H.264 remain.

Mozilla Mulls H.264 Support

by Alex Blewitt on  Mar 16, 2012 4

Historically, Mozilla has rejected the use of non-open codecs (such as H.264), a subject that has been covered before on InfoQ. The main reason is ideological; H.264 is covered by patents and licensed by the MPEG-LA. Could this stance be softening, with the proposal to allow platform-provided codecs for video support?

H.264 Update

by Alex Blewitt on  Feb 12, 2011 1

The MPEG-LA body, which oversees the H.264 patent pool, has announced a call for patents for the WebM/VP8 codec as they indicated last year. The creation of such a pool would damage WebM's position as a patent unencumbered codec, which could be damaging to the limited hardware decoding support starting to be developed.

Google Explains Chrome Dropping H264

by Alex Blewitt on  Jan 21, 2011 5

After last week's announcement that the Chrome team was dropping support for H264, Mike Jazayeri has posted a more detailed explanation of the rationale behind the decision. Others, like the Free Software Foundation, have added their support to the decision.

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