2010-08-27 00:00:00 | Business Technology

H.264 stays free

Interesting news today:

MPEG LA will not charge royalties for internet video that is free to end users.

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20100825006629/en

Note that ‘internet video’ is for video that is distributed via the Internet, and doesn’t limit usage on internet connected devices so this also includes OTT and mobile usage.

This move will ease the discussion about H.264 exclusion or inclusion in HTML5. There’s no reason for Firefox not to include H.264 as a supported codec now. Even though H.264 isn’t open source, it is the widest used standard and it took our industry over ten years to get here. WebM is not innovative so it doesn’t get the industry further, actually it is a major step backwards. We NEED a high quality, high performance and widely supported standard and H.264 is simply exactly that.

If HTML5 gets its standards right, will it affect Flash and Silverlight? Maybe a bit. But Flash and Silverlight are much more feature rich than what HTML5 can offer.
 

 

2010-08-15 00:00:00 | Set Top Box

Apple iTV?

I designed the Apple TV concept in 2005. This post is about the rumored Apple iTV device. if Apple plays it right this time, they can revolutionize the way we watch TV. And kill the cable companies business case by doing so.

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2010-08-13 00:00:00 | Marketing

Scream!

StreamZilla just launched a new online advertisement campaign. The first in a series of three is called ‘Scream!’

http://www.streamzillacdn.com/

 

2010-08-12 00:00:00 | Distribution Logistics Marketing

Emerce interview

I was interviewed by Emerce:

Dutch

English (warning, crappy Google Translate)
 

 

2010-08-11 00:00:00 | Business Distribution Logistics Video Working Group Value Chain

Net neutrality, new net hypergiants (updated)

Interesting article on The Register!

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/08/09/neutrality_new_net_hypergiants/

This article gives a nice view on how companies like Google and Akamai actually bypass the entire internet and how net neutrality fighters are helping them. There needs to be a balance…

Update:

More articles with interesting opinions are popping up:

http://www.strandreports.com/sw4241.asp

http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/08/another-net-neutrality-option-remove-financial-incentives/

I’ve been involved in the Net neutrality debate in the Netherlands for many years. Net neutrality is important. The internet should be open. ISP’s may never limit, block or frustate access to content. They should remain neutral…. Or?

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