Do you Understand the Mozilla video investment?

I thought I was missing something when I read that Mozilla was investing money in a new open streaming video format.  Yeah I get the proprietary thing, but do we really need another way to get video into a browser?  I’ve installed Flash, Silverlight and Quicktime (try to avoid Real) and can play it all.

Apparently I was not alone in trying to grok this one … and while this awesome post is clearly biased, it’s well worth a read – if not just for the humor.

Regardless, I don’t get this … I’m not seeing an issue as either a viewing consumer or a content producer.

7 comments for “Do you Understand the Mozilla video investment?

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  2. 1/28/2009 at 3:20 pm

    the thing is that code will eventually make it into the official specification of the new version of html 5. when new browsers come to market you're not going to have to install flash, or silverlight or quicktime, it will just work out of the box.

  3. 1/28/2009 at 3:24 pm

    but you will have to develop content in a new format …

  4. 1/28/2009 at 7:34 pm

    i know it sounds insane, but there was a time when online video was
    nothing but hosted mov files, then nothing but streaming Real files,
    an open container is the right way to go forward and while it isn't
    going to happen tomorrow … the wheels are in motion.

  5. 1/28/2009 at 8:20 pm

    the thing is that code will eventually make it into the official specification of the new version of html 5. when new browsers come to market you're not going to have to install flash, or silverlight or quicktime, it will just work out of the box.

  6. 1/28/2009 at 8:24 pm

    but you will have to develop content in a new format …

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