Originally Posted by VulcanDragon
Google has no market position in the browser space. Chroms is a rounding error. As long as IE, Firefox, Safari, and mobile browsers continue to support H.264, this move will have no impact on H.264's use.
Rounding error? Chrome could very well surpass Firefox by the end of the year. Its the only browser thats gaining marketshare.
You'll find a similar story on most stats sites.
Oh and Mozilla and Opera both back Ogg Theora. Along with Chrome thats nearly 50% of the browser market, more if you consider IE's dwindling marketshare.
And you're forgetting the massive influence that Google has on the matter. Not only do they operate the largest video site on the planet, they also have control over the largest mobile OS (or will shortly).
If Google wants Ogg Theora or WebM to be the standard, then it will
be the standard.
Most codes are proprietary. The free/OSS ones are rarely supported unless the user installs the codec themselves, at least until it is to prevalent that it makes no sense to not support it by default I suppose.
5 years from now if I wanted to develop a new web browser based on the open HTML5 standard, I would be unable to unless I payed patent licensing fees to MPEG-LA. That is fundamentally wrong.