"For a while now, Internet video was simple. You used
Adobe Flash, with its 95% plus market share, and that was that.
Then things changed. The next Web standard, HTML 5, came along, but
it didn't spell out that Flash or anything else would be the video
codec standard. Then, Apple refused to have anything to do with
Flash on its 'i' family of devices. Now it seems Google may be
open-sourcing the VP8 video codec. Internet video is about to get a
lot more complicated.
"Ryan Lawler reported in NewTeeVee that multiple sources have
told him Google will be open-sourcing its VP8 video codec. This is
a high-performance video compression codec that its creators claim
requires relatively little processor power to decode and display,
even at HDTV quality. Google acquired this technology when it
bought On2 Technologies, a video codec and publishing company, in