[ubuntu-uk] Making embedded media work properly

Michael sieverfrisch at yahoo.ie
Wed Jul 4 23:21:01 BST 2007

Alec Wright wrote:
> On Wed, 2007-07-04 at 22:19 +0100, SteVe Cook wrote:
>> Why they can't use some sensible format I don't know, as Realplayer is 
>> that reliable under windows either.
> I'm guessing by a "sensible format", you mean something like MPEG. If
> that's true, they probably don't because the MPEG licensing authority
> charge for use of MPEG encoding, whereas real (or whatever the company's
> called) and Microsoft probably don't charge, and perhaps even pay BBC
> for the publicity of their formats.
> If you meant something even more sensible like ogg vorbis/theora, it
> isn't compatible with windows so that's unlikely to happen. Or they
> could keep windows media and real media for winblows users and give us
> ogg vorbis/theora too. I see a petition starting :) But first let's get
> in touch with them.

In fact, RealMedia formats require a fee of US$500 per server.

The smart money, I'd have thought, would be on Dirac: royalty fee,
developed under the same license as Firefox, and (unlike Theora) twice
as bandwidth efficient as MPEG-2.

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